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Z3 Merlot, Pinot Meunier, Zweigelt

Z3  (Merlot, Pinot Meunier, Zweigelt) Wine Details
Price: $16.90 per bottle

Description: Dr. Zweiglet did very well when he experimented with a St. Laurent and a Lamberger to create a red wine which grows well in colder climats. He never intended for this varietal to be planted in Canada and start a new revolution of outstanding blend wines here at our winery. This our 2nd release of our awardwinning Z3 is just as amazing as our first one was, in fact we think with the change of one of our components from Pinot Noir to the more medium bodied Pinot Meunier we achieved to produce a better wine. The extra age of the Zweigelt vines makes this release an even more exiting one then our fist 2002 Z3. Again as all Zweigelt wines, this wine is drinking very well now, and it should cellar well until at least 2014.&

Varietal Definition
Zweigelt is a red wine grape variety developed in 1922, at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, by Fritz Zweigelt. It was a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. It is now the most widely -grown red grape variety in Austria, as well as having some presence in Canada's vineyards.
Pinot Meunier:
Pinot Meunier’s heritage is traced to northern France, where it is particularly important in France’s Champagne region. Here, it is the most planted variety, with acreage roughly equivalent to the acreages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir combined. It offers youthful fruit character and tart acidity to the traditional blend. However, wines which are predominantly Pinot Meunier tend to be less age worthy. Pinot Meunier is well suited to cool climates, as it buds later than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This makes it less susceptible than its more noble partners to frost. It also ripens earlier than Pinot Noir. In North America, Pinot Meunier can be found in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, where it is known as Black Riesling. More notably however, California growers in regions such as Caneros and the Anderson Valley, wishing to produce authentic champagne-style wines, introduced Meunier to the vineyards in the 1980s. Today, most all of the state’s 300 acres of PM reside in the Carneros area. Some work is being
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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