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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
181 Lodi Merlot 2008
181 Lodi Merlot 2008
(search item no. 108571)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

181 is classic Bordeaux style Merlot, elegantly opening with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and toasty spice. Fresh fruit flavors of currant and cherry mingle gently with spicy cedar and vanilla. 181 Merlot is supple in texture, full bodied, long and well-balanced on the palate, with a lingering finish. With balanced tannins and acidity, it is the perfect companion to pasta with sausage and roasted peppers or a pan seared steak with mushrooms and parsley.
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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.