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Lupine Hill Merlot

Lupine Hill Merlot Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: With our earliest bud break ever at our Frazier Family Estate Vineyard, spring is in full swing in the Napa Valley. Springtime means spring training for Major League Baseball, March Madness, and also that it’s time to dust off the barbeque and get ready for picnics and outdoor dining. Just in time for these occasions is the release of our 2002 Lupine Hill Merlot. A softer-styled Merlot than our Frazier Family Estate release, this wine shows bright strawberry and berry aromas and is followed by flavors of black cherries, licorice, cinnamon, and cloves.

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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