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Merlot Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Merlot displays a playful ruby maroon color which dances slickly round the inside of the tasting glass. The nose is full of lush berry fruits such as strawberry, blueberry and plum. A light spiciness comprising black pepper and clove lingers above the surface, with hints of black liquorice laying beneath. The aromas carry through to the medium-bodied palate, which reveals forest fruits and cooking spice sensations. Further savoring of the Merlot shows the oak is well integrated with slight tobacco wafting through underneath, and pleasant tannins arising subtly. The heat, which travels throughout the sensory experience, lingers long after the wine has been initially enjoyed. The 2004 Merlot would compliment a grilled steak or any pasta dish just beautifully.

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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