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Sculpture Garden Merlot

Sculpture Garden Merlot Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: We are proud to release our new 2003 Channing Daughters Sculpture Garden Merlot. Grown, produced & bottled on our estate in Bridgehampton, this is one of our most realized red wines to date. This Merlot comes from the Sculpture Garden Vineyard which is the oldest existing vineyard on the South Fork of Long Island, having been planted in 1982. The wine is 100% Merlot and made from yields well under two tons per acre. As with all our red wines all the fruit was hand-picked, destemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand. This luscious Merlot was raised in a mix of French oak barrels for twenty-one months. A beautiful deep ruby red color, our Sculpture Garden Merlot is a medium-bodied supple, expressive and hedonistic red wine. Focused, clean and clear the pronounced aromas and flavors are awash in black cherries and plums, pepper and brown spice, vanilla and anise, a touch of smoke and a n elusive character that keeps you coming back for more. Delicious now, this wine will develop in the bottle and offer up eight to ten years of rewarding experience. Fabulous with lamb, duck and beef it also marries well with rich tuna and salmon dishes, mushroom and squash. The wine was bottled by gravity, unfined and unfiltered and may throw a sediment so consider decanting.

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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