Merlot 2010

Intense ruby color. Rich black cherry and currant aromas. Barrel aged in American oak for 8 months created a balanced medium-bodied wine with soft tannins on the finish.


Merlot is a variety of grape and also the name of a wine.  It is blended with other grapes to make a wide variety of wines.  It is widely planted and often used in Bordeaux wines. The word "merlot" is believed to come from the Old French word for "blackbird".  Merlot wines come in three types depending on the number of tannins.

Merlot contains many different flavor notes, and this means that it can be paired with many different types of food. It works well with charred or grilled meats, salmon, and mushrooms.  Some Merlots coordinate with shellfish.  Strong cheeses and spicy foods do not combine well with Merlot and should be avoided.  


The grapes are a beautiful rich dark blue color.  This color also gives the grapes their name. Merlot is also the name of the type of wine made from Merlot grapes.  Merlot grapes are associated with a large number of fruits such as: cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries and plums.  Merlots also contain flavors of olives, peppers, rhubarb, mushrooms, tobacco and leather.  Some believe that it also tastes of many herbs including tea, mint, sage and thyme.



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