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Price: $12.00 per bottle

Description: Made from the same grapes used to handcraft our award-winning traditional red Merlot, the clusters are hand-picked in the cool morning hours and pressed off of the skins immediately upon arrival at the winery. This minimum skin contact imparts a pale pink hue to this blush version of the popular Merlot varietal. Fermented slowly at low temperatures, the long fermentation time preserves the fresh fruity characteristics and the fermentation is stopped just short of dryness to balance the firm acidity with a touch of sweetness. Light bodied and crisp, scents of fresh strawberries and raspberries greet the nose followed by a tart cranberry and cherry finish.

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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