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2002 Montague Estate Vineyard Merlot Single Vineyards

2002 Montague Estate Vineyard Merlot Single Vineyards Wine Details

Description: This is a powerful and structured wine displaying ripe and intense fruit of the forest, blood plum and varietal tobacco leaf characters underpinned by elegant French vanillin oak. The palate is again dominated by berry fruit intensely and robust, yet stylish tannin structure befitting a wine of this quality. This is a rich and intense Merlot that will certainly reward those patient enough to cellar the wine, but then again – life is too short!

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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