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Napa Valley Merlot

Napa Valley Merlot Wine Details
Price: $34.00 per bottle

Description: This full, complex wine blossoms in ripe berry, plum, and cherry on the nose, then boasts a beautiful array of soft spicy oak, bold berry and jammy strawberry flavors, with a hint of clove and a generous mouth-feel. Lingering flavors of oak and berry, highlighted by medium tannins, finish the palate on an elegant frame. Also available in 375ml half bottles. Half bottles provide two glasses of wine -- perfect for picnics.

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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