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Merlot - Santa Barbara County

Merlot - Santa Barbara County Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: This 2000 Merlot will be our final bottling of this great varietal grape. In an effort to trim down our product line and also to concentrate on the new direction of our Blues Cuvee blend, in which Merlot plays an important role, also offering Merlot did not seem to make sense anymore. Those of you who have enjoyed and collected our Merlots in the past should have one more reason to savor and relish what few bottles you may have yet to open from your cellar. From this year forward, look for the Merlot grape to make its distinctive contribution to our Blues Cuvee blend.

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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