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Price: $12.00 per bottle

Description: An excellent vintage in California, our 2001 Merlot has intense fruit, distinguished varietal character and a lush mouth-feel. Ripe aromas of berry and plum, with herbal notes of peppermint and bay leaf lead to spicy, full-bodied flavors of cherry and chocolate. The finish is supple and satisfying. Serve with any beef or lamb dish, or with a chocolate cheese-cake for dessert. Drinkable now, it will age nicely for up to five years.

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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