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2000 Tri*Umph

2000 Tri*Umph Wine Details

Description: The color is dark-red with purple tones. The bouquet and flavors represent each varieties contribution. The Cabernet-Sauvignon provided ripe blackberry, black sweet cherry and nice structure. Profound ripe raspberry and voluptuous mid-palate was enhanced by the Malbec. The Merlot brought violets, black cherry and a very sensuous purple plum note. This wine possesses all we desired, namely, rich-bold red and black fruit flavors and aromas, consummate full-bodied structure and a great 8 to 12 years of cellar potential. Only 249 cases were produced.

Varietal Definition
Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, this grape is among the "big six" for red wine grapes. Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic wine. Malbec goes well with roast meats such as chicken or turkey. It should be served at 58F and can be aged for up to 5 years typically.
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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