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Price: $12.00 per bottle

Description: Vanilla, strawberry jam, and toasty smoke aromas are augmented by notes of blackberry, raspberry and currant. The color is deep ruby, and the flavors are a complex match of cherry, plum, strawberry and vanilla with velvety, mouth-coating tannins, and a rich cherry-chocolate finish. Recommended Food Pairing: Serve at room temperature with smoked gouda, herb-crusted grilled lamb, or chile marinated pork roast.

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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