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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
181 Lodi Merlot 2009
181 Lodi Merlot 2009
(search item no. 113891)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $8.97

Winemaker's Notes:

181 is classic Bordeaux-style Merlot, elegantly opening with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and toasty spice. Fresh fruit flavors of black cherry compote and red currant fuse seamlessly with spicy cedar and vanilla. The finish is lingering and luxurious.

With balanced tannins and acidity, this medium-bodied wine is a perfect companion to oven-roasted turkey, pork dumplings or a light green salad with Roquefort and pear.

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About 181:

The 181 Merlot clone traces its origins to Pomerol in Bordeaux, where it is highly valued due to its suitability to the red clay soils of the region. Clay soil retains water well and stays cool longer in spring, thus delaying bud break which is a desired outcome for Merlot. The red soils of our Clay Station Vineyard in Lodi are similar to the red soils in Pomerol, making 181 the perfect clone to grow rich, luscious Merlot.