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Confluence Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: The 2004 Confluence is a traditional blend which combines the darkness, power, and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and balances it with the lush,red-fruited nature of Merlot from our meticulously tended, estate vineyards. All lots were kept separate until bottling in order to craft the finest blend possible. The low yields in 2004 led to early ripening and resulted in ripe, concentrated flavors, retaining crucial acidity which make this blend such a great food companion. Aromas of fresh ground coffee, baking spices, black cherry, and currant lead the way into a full palette of dark cherry, cassis, olive, ending with bright acidity, firm structure, and ripe tannins. This is a young Bordeaux-style blend will continue to open up in the glass and will age effortlessly for ten or more years.

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.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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