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Easton Merlot, Shenandoah Valley

Easton Merlot, Shenandoah Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Our Merlot comes from a distinctive, low-yielding vineyard that was planted in 1972 in the heart of California's Shenandoah Valley. These mountain vines produce intensely-flavored fruit that create a wine that is rich, complex, and elegant. 1999 was a particularly cool year with the mid-October harvest being almost a month late. The wine exhibits characteristically St.-Émilion like styling with hints of cedar, exotic tea, and plush plummy berry fruit. Two week fermentation with a special Bordelaise yeast strain, all hand-punched in the vat, and 18 months in French cooperage. Bottled unfiltered. See what a real Merlot should taste like.

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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