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Merlot Reserve Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: A deep and richly textured wine as eluded by the intense, opaque, deep garnet colour. Stewed fruits of plum, black berries and currents dominate the complex aroma which adds additional spices, cedar and tobacco with wisps of coffee and chocolate throughout. The full bodied palate remains complex with tightly woven characters of leather, spice, cedar, tobacco and heaps of black fruit sensations. A lengthy finish is nothing short of enticing as it is evolving and continually opening up in the glass exposing multitudes of intricacies. Drinking well now but will benefit from 5 to 10 years of aging. Enjoy with elegant red meats such as rack of lamb and fillet mignon; tomato sauces; stews and medium bodied cheeses, or "sinfully well" with chocolate.

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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