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Merlot - Alexander Valley

Merlot - Alexander Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Our inaugural release is a deeply extracted, full-bodied Merlot with an expressive, fruit forward style. The aromas and flavors are ripe red currant, cherry, and plum, a bit tightly packed initially and yielding fully with gentle aeration. Though a full-bodied Merlot, its fine, supple tannins allow this keeper to be enjoyed now. With careful cellaring, this wine should evolve in complexity and mature even further over the next three to six years. It also has the stuffing to age beautifully for many good years beyond.

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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