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Rosé of Merlot

Rosé of Merlot Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: The initial success of our innovative Rosé of Merlot program is continued with this 2004 bottling. True to the style we defined with the first release, this wine offers aromas of cranberry, strawberry, lavender, honeysuckle, and vanilla. The flavors are brisk and reminiscent of fresh strawberries, raspberries and plums. Barrel fermentation adds a hint of vanilla. Sur lie aging enhanced the natural richness of merlot without sacrificing the acidity. The lively acidity makes the wine a graceful match to an array of foods. Tote it to picnics, enjoy it on your front porch, pair it with cheese, pasta, chicken- the possibilities are endless!

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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