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Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend Wine Details
Price: $23.00 per bottle

Description: Elegant and concentrated at the same time, this wine combines the elegance of a right bank Bordeaux blend and the forward fruit that California wines are known for. Loaded with blueberries, mulberries, black currant and a hint of cocoa in the nose and on the palate, it immediately seduces you to have another sip. This inspired blend perfectly accentuates its balanced ripeness with round tannins and good structure to create a delicious and elegant wine that is enjoyable now and will age gracefully for several years. Because of it's balance and elegance it can be paired with a myriad of foods including grilled or roasted meats and vegetables, hearty pasta dishes and an array of cheeses from mild goat to aged Parmesan and creamy blues or just by itself.

Varietal Definition
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.
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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