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Napa Valley Merlot

Napa Valley Merlot Wine Details
Price: $42.00 per bottle

Description: Luscious aromas of red cherry with plummy spiced overtones are supported by a strong mineral backbone. Background flavors of toasty oak with hints of menthol add layers of complexity and smokiness. The wine's well-defined acid and tannin structures support the ample fruit presence. As with all Liparita reds, this 2001 Carneros Merlot will reward current drinking and continue to improve for 5-7 years with cellaring.

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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