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Yakima Valley Merlot

Yakima Valley Merlot Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: 2002 was another superb growing season that ripened the grapes to perfection in the warm sunny days and cool fall nights of the Yakima Valley. Harvested by hand from two vineyards near "Red Mountain" the grapes were then transported to Kalamar Winery. There they were fermented in small open top fermentation tanks for 7 days. Then the wine was basket pressed into French and American oak barrels and aged for 23 months. A rich dense Merlot with ripe flavor and gentle texture. Firm tannins support lively black cherry and currant fruit along with the subtle shadings of black pepper and cedar. The fruit on the long complex finish that keeps pumping out the flavors.

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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