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Merlot Oakville Napa Valley “Fortuna Vineyard”

Merlot Oakville Napa Valley “Fortuna Vineyard” Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: In the glass it displays a dark ruby/purple color. As it sits, the wine displays opulent aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, raspberries, and currants. As you continue, notes of leather, red cedar, smoke, mint, and white pepper begin to emerge as well. It’s all tied together with a balanced acidity and smoothing tannins that mellow as it takes in air. This wine is just beginning to emerge from its shell; it will really benefit from another year or so of bottle age and should continue to improve for the next twenty. 95 cases produced.

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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