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Nickel and Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot

Nickel and Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: Although we experienced slightly higher rainfall levels in April, the growing season was moderate in 2003 with budbreak and bloom following a usual pattern. A few heat waves in August and September led to good maturity at harvest. This vineyard was harvested on three separate days to maximize fruit quality and ripeness. The Bear Flat clone, which usually gives the nicer fruit flavors, was first to be picked while our “structure” clone was left to hang for another week. This added hang time helped soften the tannins while allowing the fruit to become ultra ripe.

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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