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Prince Michel Merlot

Prince Michel Merlot Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: The bouquet of the Merlot is reminiscent of dark, jammy fruit. Aging for over 18 months in small oak barrels provides the wine with subtle hints of vanilla beans and toasted hazelnut. The traditional blackberry and raspberry characteristics of the Merlot grape are readily apparent up front and are well integrated with the soft tannin structure. All of these flavors come together in the end as a tapestry of lingering fruit and spice.

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.
Recent crossing of Riesling and Sylvaner grape with the Muller-Thurgau. Widely grown in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany and used for blending purposes in the white wines of the region.


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