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Pippin Hill Merlot

Pippin Hill Merlot Wine Details

Description: This popular varietal's name is thought to derive from the Old French word for young blackbird - related to its depth of color and robust nature. Our Merlot captures this strength with a distinctive range of wild berries, plum and currant flavors. The 2010 harvest is thought to be award winning with amazing maturation of the crop and the earliest harvest on record for this region.

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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