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Merlot Wine Details
Price: $13.99 per bottle

Description: The expansion of our Merlot program over the past four years has provided many new grape sources, especially from warmer sites, that should ensure consistent high-quality for a long time to come. Because Eastern Washington has such a long growing season, Merlot reaches full maturity every year. It has plenty of time to build the right sugar and acid balance, along with ripe, developed flavors. Aromas are of delicate oak and spice, with a sweet, rich mid-palate, and anise, nuts, and eucalyptus flavors. Weight and tannins are moderate. Intense fruit and good structure add to its character.

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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