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Napa Valley Merlot

Napa Valley Merlot Wine Details
Price: $27.00 per bottle

Description: A perennial favorite of many in the Valley, our 2003 Napa Valley Estate Bottled Merlot, from the Freethy-Monticello Vineyard in the Eastern foothills, is highly aromatic, showing rose petals, red licorice, chocolate raspberry, and bergamot. Deep ruby-garnet in color, and a classic Californian ®Right Bank® wine, this mouth-watering and long-finishing Merlot presents notes of cherry, black licorice, and bakers chocolate, accented by silky tannins. It is a perfect accompaniment to most chicken, soups and bisques, and veal.

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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