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Merlot Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Our Merlot is 75% merlot from Portteus Vineyards in Zillah and 25% cabernet sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills. The bouquet has dark fruit, a hint of smoke and chocolate. The merlot has a soft, full and velvety palate. Our merlot was the only Silver Medal winner at the Savor the Flavor Competition in the Tri-Cities 2005 and Bronze medal winner at the Washington State Fair Wine Competition in 2005. It is wonderful with pork, chicken and steak, a true complement.

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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