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Merlot Reserve Wine Details
Price: $25.95 per bottle

Description: Vintage 2002. Made only in the best vintages, this second edition of our Merlot Reserve benefitted from a three week maceration, which enhanced the tannic structure of the fruit, while malolactic fermentation added a silky quality to the palate. Fourteen months in French and American oak mellowed the blend considerably, creating a soft, lush wine showing strong flavors of Provencal herbs, ripe cherry and dark chocolates that should improve nicely over the next three years. 190 cases.

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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