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Reserve Merlot Wine Details

Description: The grapes for our Reserve Merlot are sourced from select vineyards in the Alderdale growing region (along the Columbia River border with Oregon) and the warmer reaches of the Yakima Valley. Grapes from the former sites contribute a dark red-purple color and tannic structure for aging, while the Yakima Valley grapes account for the wine’s rich, ripe, dark cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Delicious upon release, our Reserve Merlot has the deep fruit and firm structure for graceful aging.

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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