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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Formidable Merlot 2009
Formidable Merlot 2009
(search item no. 121228)
charitable wine
boutique wine
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This classic, cool-climate Merlot is fruity and approachable. A combination of new and used French oak barrels were used in aging the wine. Dark red to purple color with aromas of spicy plum, kirsch, and cedar. Lipsmacking gobs of juicy fruit with hints of chocolate and anise leading to a lengthy, balanced finish.

This full-bodied wine compliments a variety of barbecued meats, braised short ribs, and strongly-seasoned chicken dishes.

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About Formidable:

Bravium translates from Latin as "reward, prize, or gift" and sums up Proprietor and Winemaker Derek Rohlffs’ feelings about wine – namely that it is a reward for their labors, a prized part of mealtime, and a gift to be shared. Derek's winemaking philosophy is an extension of his Environmental Studies background and belief that great wine begins in the vineyard. Bravium utilizes minimalist winemaking practices and its wines are balanced and food-friendly. One of Derek's music heroes, Jack White, has said: "Technology is the disease you have to fight in any creative field…ease of use [is the enemy]." And while winemaking is part art and part science, Bravium emphasizes traditional methods whenever possible. Bravium was created to give back to charitable organizations by way of its Sip&Give donation platform.