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Merlot Bianco

Merlot Bianco Wine Details
Price: $12.00 per bottle

Description: After crushing, the juice received 3 days of skin contact to enhance varietal characters and attain the proper colour intensity to achieve a fun, rose colour to the juice. After the "Saignee" method was employed whereby the free run juice is drained or "bled" off of the bulk of the must, the free run juice was treated like a white wine, fermented in stainless steel at an average 14°C using yeast designed for premium Rose production. Post fermentation, the wine displayed excellent varietal character and was not put into oak or through malolactic to preserve this quality. Prior to bottling, the wine was sweetened slightly to soften the tannins.

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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