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Merlot, Napa Valley

Merlot, Napa Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: The harvest of 2002 was a bit extended, which gave the grapes time to achieve full maturity and the ability to obtain a full and complex character. This wine is 100% Merlot, rotary fermented and aged in 100% French oak barrels. This is a very serious Merlot that can only be grown under ideal conditions. It is a wonderful accompaniment with food and will continue to develop with cellaring.

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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