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Villa Emile Merlot

Villa Emile Merlot Wine Details
Price: $9.95 per bottle

Description: Our 2002 Villa Emile Merlot is produced from grapes grown in California’s Lodi District—where warm days are tempered at night by the cooling air from San Francisco Bay. Zesty dark berries combine with violet and spice aromas carry over from the nose to the palate. The oak integrates well into the finish— complementing the bright, ripe fruit component that is the charm of this wine. Midnight ruby in color, this Merlot has a distinctive lingering quality that pairs equally well with spicy pasta dishes, beef steaks or rich cheeses.

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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