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Merlot Wine Details
Price: $24.00 per bottle

Description: Lowden Hills Merlot is a product of Washington state’s finest vineyards, our own Win Chester Vineyards, located in the hills near the quaint town of Lowden, Washington in the Walla Walla Valley and Alder Ridge Vineyards overlooking the mighty Columbia River. The rich color is complimented by the vibrant aromas of plum and dark cherries. The full body is enhanced by the complex currant and cherry flavors that last long into the finish.We blend these hand-selected grapes to create a stunning, seductive Merlot that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and pleasure your palate. All of our 2002 wines are barrel aged (French oak barrels) over 16 months. Their best flavors will be enjoyed after July 04, and may be cellared out to five or six years, and possibly 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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