Merryvale Merlot
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Merryvale Merlot - 2019

Item # 30533 750mL

Merryvale Merlot shows exceptional richness and depth with flavors of blackberry, plum, chocolate, and dried sage. French onion soup and/or fried pork are some ideas to pair with this wine.

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I love a good Merlot and it seems a shame to me that American Merlots don’t get more attention, so I encourage everyone to give them another go, especially this one. The 2019 Merryvale is an occasion to showcase some of the best cool climate terroirs of Napa Valley. The fruit is drawn primarily from the volcanic soils of Coombsville and Carneros in southern Napa where Merlot is at its best: soft, dark, spicy, and fragrant. An expressive nose leaps out of the glass with notes of mocha, spice, blackberries, earth, and flowers. An ample, luxurious mouthfeel and a fresh midpalate offers ultra-approachable acidity and texture. This is a wine for wine lovers that look for complexity and fragrance, a rock-solid, undeniably awesome Merlot that is ready to drink right now but could easily lay down for ten years, only increasing said awesomeness.

- SG



California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine, and has long been prized for the "softening" effect it can have on Cabernet Sauvignon - especially...

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