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'98 Late Bottled Vintage Port

'98 Late Bottled Vintage Port Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: This port of merlot was vinified in October of 1998 when it was placed in neutral French oak barrels for over four years. The nose is reminiscent of dates, figs and raisins. The mouth feel is delightfully soft and elegant with a lingering finish of dried fruit. Enjoy this ruby port with a variety of full-bodied cheeses such as gorgonzola, roquefort and stilton along with dried fruit and salted almonds.

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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