($150-$190) Good bright ruby-red. Fresh, slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. At once sweet and gripping, with spicy flavors of currant, plum and minerals. Finishes with substantial fine tannins and very good length.
Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.
Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon... Read More »
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