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Merlot, Walla Walla

Merlot, Walla Walla Wine Details
Price: $60.00 per bottle

Description: The impact of smaller berry size created in the 2002 vintage is evident in this wine. It is highly extracted with a significant tannin structure at bottling – a bit atypical for our version of this Merlot. While the mocha character that is a signature of Walla Walla Valley fruit is apparent, this wine also displays classic black fruit aromas and flavors. Complexity is gained with toasty sweet oak. In its youth, this wine will pair well with hearty fare, but will best reward patient cellaring for years to come.

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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