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2018 MERLOT

The 2018 Merlot shows a serious side of this popular grape variety. In the past, the merlot grape had received a reputation as a soft, cushy, easygoing variety, but the 2018 Merlot proves that it can stand on its own. Full-bodied with ripe fruit, and a classic Bordeaux-style savory character and firm tannins, this wine is a complex and serious version of Merlot that announces to the world that this is a grape variety with serious intentions.

2018 MERLOT

$30.00

Retail price

$24.00

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wine specifications

  • Varietal Composition

    Merlot

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Alcohol

    15.0%

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Tasting notes

Appearance: Clear, bright with a deep ruby/purple core with a blue/black secondary color and lighter rim. Medium plus viscosity with slow forming, moderately stained tears.

Aroma: Ripe black cherry, blackcurrant and plum fruit with complex oak, barrel spice, with autumn leaf, licorice, chocolate and subtle floral notes.

Palate: Full bodied with ripe, round black fruit of plum, cherry and blackcurrant with vanilla, cinnamon spice on the entry. The mid-palate has sustained fruit mixed with savory notes of dusty sweet tobacco and camphor along with firm, mouth-filling tannins that linger through a moderately long finish.


Food pairings

The 2018 Merlot is full bodied with full, lush fruit, savory flavors and textural elements that make this a more serious version than stereotypical Merlots. It’s a great pairing with full flavored foods like a beef pot roast, or prime rib.

wine specifications

  • Varietal Composition

    Merlot

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Fermentation

    Stainless steel open and closed-top tanks with UV43 yeast and twice daily pump overs

  • Maturation

    Barrel aged for 18 months in French oak (50% new)

  • Alcohol

    15.0%

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