Andretti Merlot 1998

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    Winemaker Notes

    Merlot's increasing popularity over the last few years derives from its fruit intensity and complexity that mimics Cabernet, but remains a much softer and more approachable wine. A rich texture and good body are hallmarks of this varietal and the Merlot from Andretti is characterized by layers of cherries, orange blossoms, plum and raspberry jam. With long aging in French oak, this is a wine that can be enjoyed now or will provide added pleasure with four to six years of additional aging.

    This velvety, medium-heavy bodied wine is best served with strong cheeses, hearty pasta dishes, light beef dishes, lamb and game as well as fine chocolate.

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    As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.

    Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.

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    PBC1381441_1998 Item# 39321

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