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Sebastiani Alexander Valley Merlot

Sebastiani Alexander Valley Merlot Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: Dark crimson in color, this wine reflects its terroir beautifully. The aroma displays all the characteristic scents of the Alexander Valley: black cherry and cranberry fruit with touches of aromatic black tea. The French oak enhances the aromatics with classic mocha, maple syrup and “cigar box” notes. This wine is very elegant in style with lots of finesse. This wine challenges those who feel California cannot make a classically-styled, Bordeaux-esque Merlot. Enjoy with Lamb or grilled hamburgers and sausages.

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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