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Merlot Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: a textbook Merlot....deep ruby-colored wine with a spicy nose....scents cherries, boysenberries, currant and plum....medium body, excellent richness, fine purity and enough acidity to provide definition....a stylish, flavorful Merlot that can be drunk over the next 5-6 years. This Merlot joins the line of our award winning Merlots: Our 1998 Merlot won a gold medal at the New World International Wine Competition, Feb.2000, silver medal at the Calif. State Fair, June 2000, and most recently, Best of Class [i.e. best of all gold medal Merlot winners in the small wineries competition] at the Yr2000 Los Angeles County Fair

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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