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Reserve Merlot Wine Details
Price: $19.99 per bottle

Description: Silver Medal - Washington State Wine Competition. Not for the faint of heart. Deep garnet color, velvety texture, accentuated with a European smokiness and spicy overtones of leather and plums. Lingering cocoa, hazelnut and chocolate flavors are framed by gracefully softening tannins. This is an excellent accompaniment to big meat dishes; try Pan-Seared Breast of Duck, medium rare with a huckleberry-merlot glazing. Open thirty minutes before serving--this baby needs to breathe!

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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