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2000 Merlot

2000 Merlot Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: Our SECOND Merlot wine from the Caso vineyard on Union Ridge Road near Placerville from some of the oldest vines in El Dorado County. A yield of 2 tons per acre produced intense concentrated flavors. The Caso Vineyard is an "Old Vine" vineyard Merlot that yields hearty, full-bodied wines with soft mature tannins, yet with a full load of up-front fruit. Enjoy with a wide range of foods, or enjoy a glass before lunch or dinner. Bronze Medal.

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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