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'97 MERLOT Wine Details

Description: Made exclusively from grapes grown on Lewelling's family vineyard at the foot of Spring Mountain in St. Helena, this elegant 100% Merlot offers inviting aromas of ripe berry and plum followed by luscious blackberry flavors and a hint of mint. Twenty-two months of barrel aging in French oak kelps create the creamy texture and velevty smooth finish that will invite you back for continued pleasure and enjoyment.

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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