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 Chateau Haut Rocher Saint-Emilion
In the midst of the European recession, even in Saint-Émilion, many small châteaux are feeling the heat. As banks tighten credit lines, proprietors are tightening the purse strings, hesitant to throw good money after bad. But when you look at what Jérôme de Monteil has set in motion at Château Haut Rocher in the last few years, you have to figure that he has ice water in his veins.
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