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Reserve Merlot Wine Details

Description: This is a wine for cabernet drinkers who usually dismiss merlots and for people who are not afraid of big, intense wine. Almost purplish-black in color, this wine's up-front aromas jump straight from the glass. Deep, rich jammy-plum and cassis are intensified with underlying spicy oak and leather notes. Take a sip and let the flavor of spicy dark chocolate covered cherries fill your mouth. Full-bodied, with a very long and lingering finish, this is a wine to cellar and a wine to share, but definitely not for the faint-hearted!

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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