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Melrose Vineyard - Merlot

Melrose Vineyard - Merlot Wine Details

Description: Our first (and only) vintage of Merlot is made from vines planted in the sandy loam soil of this Umpqua Valley site near Roseburg, Oregon. On the nose, this rich Merlot shows blackcurrants, plums and coffee. Our Melrose Merlot is a wonderful food wine, with great texture and acid supporting a palate, distinct from its nose, more of blackberries, tea and chocolate. We only made 300 cases, and bottled it September 6, 2002.

Varietal Definition
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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