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Adastra Merlot

Adastra Merlot Wine Details

Description: This delicious Merlot has a blackberry-cherry core with hints of cedar, roses, tea, cassis and vanilla. Good acidity, moderate tannins and a delightfully rich texture make for an excellent food wine that will marry well with many meats as well as hearty vegetarian dishes. More fruit-forward than the 1996 Adastra Merlot, the 1997 has the splendid color we expect from our terroir and ends with a long, satisfying finish.

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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