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Washington State MERLOT

Washington State MERLOT Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: This is a great pasta wine — big, bold, intense and lots of fruit. Beautiful colors of indigo and purple highlight this wine in the glass. Jammy black raspberry, sublte French oak vanillin and forward fruit highlight its flavor. You can enjoy this full-bodied Merlot now, or watch it soften gracefully with a few additional years cellar aging. To preserve the intense fruit characteristics of the grape, no cellar fining was done — only minimal filtration prior to bottling. Some sediment is to be expected.

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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