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Furnace Mountain Vineyard Merlot

Furnace Mountain Vineyard Merlot Wine Details

Description: Grapes from our Furnace Mountain Vineyard produce a medium bodied fruit forward Merlot. Aged 11 months in French and American oak, it strikes an ideal balance between oak and fruit tannins for a well-structured, dry finish. Pairs well with pastas and tomato based sauces. Enjoy now through 2013.

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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