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Saignee Wine Details

Description: A true rose wine made in the tradition of Provence utilizing the centuries-old techingue of saignee ­ translated from French meaning "to bleed." During the initial crushing of the grapes, a small amount of juice is "bled" from the vats in order to concentrate the remaining must. The juice is then fermented very cold and kept in stainless steel tanks until bottling. The result is a beautiful rose that is dry, fruity, low in alcohol and food-friendly. The perfect summertime wine for the picnic or the beach. Made from 100% Merlot.

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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