Medium to full-bodied wines with flavors of black cherry, plum, and tobacco
Recommended Growing Regions:
Pomerol, St. Emilion, Napa Valley, Tuscany, Washington State
Roasts, hamburgers, other grilled meats
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Still, California's best Merlots, some of which predated the vogue for this variety in the 1990s, continue to be some of the finest examples of this variety outside Bordeaux -- in the same quality league with wines from Washington State and Italy's Tuscan coast region. Expect to find broad, supple wines with medium to full body, typically with aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, dark berries, dark chocolate, tobacco, and earth, and suave, fine-grained tannins. Merlot also rules in Pomerol, and nowhere in the world does this variety make more complete wines than on the flat, clay-rich plateau that lies at the heart of this appellation.
2010 Clos Fourtet Saint-Emilion Premier Cru Grand Classé
In his vintage report entitled "Un Train (2009) Peut En Cacher Un Autre (2010) (One Train Can Hide Another)," in describing the back-to-back 2009 and 2010 vintages, Robert Parker wrote: "While Bob Dylan may have been talking about his own country when he wrote the song With God On Our Side, it sure looks as if fate has smiled on Bordeaux in an extraordinary way..."
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