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Kathleen Estate Merlot Red Dessert Wine

Kathleen Estate Merlot Red Dessert Wine Wine Details
Price: $22.50 per bottle

Description: After dinner will never be the same. Kathleen's port-style Merlot is full-bodied and luxuriant and as spirited as the wild mustang on the label. Subtly candied with nuances of butterscotch, toffee, and dark chocolate, the wine still speaks to the full array of rich Merlot qualities that characterize the supremely endowed mountain vineyards of Carmody McKnight.

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.
The Mustang grape (Vitis Mustangensis), grows wild all over south, central, and east Texas, and in fact is found in northern Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as well. It is a dark acidic grape that found it's peak popularity in Texas from the late 1700s to the late 1800s with the influx of European immigrants.


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