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Merlot Wine Details

Description: Our Maryland Merlot is grown in Queen Anne's County at the Hemsley Fortune Vineyard. This wine is full bodied with a soft oak background, rich in black cherry, vanilla and plum overtones.

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.


Todd says...
This is the wine to use when arguing with someone who believes that only great wines come from California. Every person who tries this wine cannot believe that the grapes were grown in Maryland and the wine made from a Maryland winery. The wine is medium->full-bodied and extremely smooth. It has a great nose and a terrific cherry flavor.

Deborah says...
My husband tasted this wine at the liquor store and enjoyed it - he appreciated the black cherry finish. He brought home a bottle, but this bottle is quite unlike any wine I have tasted before. It has quite a chemical scent and aftertaste that lingers on the roof of your mouth. I can't identify it, but it is unpleasant. Perhaps this particular bottle hasn't aged as well as the taster at the liquor store, but this not a wine I would try again.

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