California Merlot

California Merlot

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Nathalie MacLean
88 pts

A luxurious wine redolent of black raspberry, plum and cherry with some vanilla spice in the background. Lightly and judiciously... Read more.

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Our 2011 California Merlot was made from carefully selected Merlot grapes grown in prestigious, sustainably farmed vineyards across California. Select lots of Merlot were blended to develop complexity before being aged in primarily stainless steel tanks. A small portion of the wine was aged in seasoned American oak barrels to impart a light oak characteristic while allowing the wine to stay true to its varietal character and retain its approachable, fruit-forward style. Prior to bottling, the Merlot was blended with a small quantity of other Bordeaux varietals for added depth and complexity.

Tasting Notes

Location:
California.

Winemaking:
Our 2011 California Merlot was made from carefully selected Merlot grapes grown in prestigious, sustainably farmed vineyards across California. Select lots of Merlot were blended to develop complexity before being aged in primarily stainless steel tanks. A small portion of the wine was aged in seasoned American oak barrels to impart a light oak characteristic while allowing the wine to stay true to its varietal character and retain its approachable, fruit-forward style. Prior to bottling, the Merlot was blended with a small quantity of other Bordeaux varietals for added depth and complexity.

Visual Aspect:
Deep ruby red color

Nose:
Our California Merlot offers enticing aromas of black cherry and mulberry fruit with hints of cigar box.

Palate:
The DeLoach 2011 California Merlot offers opulent flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and dusty chocolate all underlined by toasty vanilla oak. The wine’s soft, lush, texture and smooth tannins make this Merlot a wonderful wine to enjoy right now .

Food Pairing:
Grilled Meats, Penne Pasta with Feta and Black Olives, Braised Short Ribs.

Sizes Available:
750 mL