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Paso Robles Merlot

Paso Robles Merlot Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Aromas of dark fruit, sweet toasted oak, crème de cassis and earth easily harmonize with flavors of cherry, blackberry, cocoa and vanilla. The soft texture and fine tannins make this wine approachable while young, but it possesses enough structure to age gracefully for three to five years. An extremely long finish of berries, vanilla and toast will compliment a broad spectrum of foods including wild mushroom crepes, stuffed eggplant with bread crumbs and Gruyere, or herb-crusted, pan-seared swordfish. Gold Medals: Tasters Guild International Wine Judging. Santa Cruz Mountains Commercial Wine Competition.

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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