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Limited ion Merlot

Limited Selection Merlot Wine Details
Price: $35.00 per bottle

Description: When someone says Merlot, most of us have a prejudged opinion of and expectation for what will be in the glass. This vintage of Gainey Limited Selection Merlot hopefully will surprise those with predetermined pessimistic opinions and please those who have expectations of pleasure derived from a glass of Merlot. The first splash in the glass immediately releases an enticing perfume. Deep berry aromas predominate, but there is so much more here. Lovely toasted oak scents enhance the fruit and are complimented with sweet caramel and chocolate notes. A thin vein of minerality and a dash of mint add complexity. In the mouth the wine is suave with a restrained power. Refreshing, lively acidity ensures the wine will be food friendly. The smooth tannins and deep berry flavors, though, foretell pleasing experiences simply savoring the wine on its own. A compact wine, this Merlot takes a moment to open up and reveal delightful concentrated berry flavors. Patience pays off.

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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