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Mudd Vineyard Merlot

Mudd Vineyard Merlot Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: From one of the oldest vineyards on Long Island, the 2002 Mudd Merlot is supple, fleshy and fruity. This is a medium-bodied, soft, plummy and satisfying red wine. The fruit for this wine was hand harvested, just under two tons per acre, and destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries were placed in one-ton open-top fermenters and punched down by hand and feet for an 8 day period. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 12 months without movement when finally the Mudd Merlot was delicately racked out of the barrels into a bottling tank and bottled without fining or filtration. This wine has a beautiful texture with aromas and flavors of plums, cherries, vanilla, spice and a hint of chocolate. Stunning with Long Island duck, this wine also pairs wonderfully with all meat, fatty fish, and mushroom based dishes.

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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