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2000 Merlot, Sonoma County, Susie's

2000 Merlot, Sonoma County, Susie's Reserve Wine Details

Description: Plush mountainside fruit grown in volcanic soils produces this concentrated and distinguished wine. Full exposure to direct sunlight in the vineyards intensifies color, flavor and potential for aging. This is a well rounded wine with spicy black pepper aromas and flavors of blackberry, coffee and plum Pairs beautifully with pepper steak!

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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