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Merlot is by nature softer than Cabernet, which is the problem with most low-priced Merlots: they're limp to the point of being flaccid. Our Vintners Blend bucks this trend, adding the structure of French oak to the early-maturing appeal of the varietal. Merlot's opulent fresh-plum persona is here enhanced by notes of tobacco, leather, and vanilla, providing a multidimensional mouthful that doesn't pander to undiscriminating palates. Cool vintages show more green-olive character; ripe ones contain more blackberries. Round and full with a spicy finish, Vintners Blend Merlot is delicious upon release, though if you misplaced a few bottles in your cellar, you wouldn't be sorry five years from now.
Pleasing bright, ripe plum flavors with mouth-watering acidity and fine tannin structure followed by a racy, lingering finish that tastes of raspberries, cloves, cardamom and vanilla.
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