Bandiera Merlot 1999 Front Label
Bandiera Merlot 1999 Front Label

Bandiera Merlot 1999

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    Bandiera 1999 Merlot is made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet. The fruit is grown in the Napa Valley on our 201 acre Vineyard as well as other select appellations throughout Northern California. The wine is fermented and aged in French Oak for up to 12 months. The resulting wine displays aromas of oak and black pepper with a hint of black cherry on the nose. On the palate are layers of black fruits and mild spice. The finish finds a never-ending flavor of fruit and sweet oak. This wine would be wonderful at summer barbeques or with a pasta dish. Enjoy!

    Alcohol: 13.5%

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    Emilio Bandiera founded Bandiera Winery in 1937. His family made wine in Italy for generations and he brought that tradition with him to Northern Sonoma County. The word Bandiera means banner in Italian, which is reflected on the wine labels. Emilio’s philosophy for winemaking never changed: produce great wines that exceed expectations of flavor and quality, then price them so people can afford to enjoy them everyday.
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    Today the fourth most widely planted red variety in the state, Merlot has much to offer. While it bears similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon (its half-sibling), it tends to be lower in both acidity and tannins, giving Merlot wines a mouthfeel that is often perceived as soft, round and plush. These qualities make it an ideal blending partner for Cabernet, the two complementing each other throughout.

    Merlot arrived relatively late to the California wine scene. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when producers like Louis Martini, Sterling and Matanzas Creek—influenced by European Merlot blends—began crafting single varietal versions. These trend-setting bottles opened the eyes of others in the California wine scene and spurred increased plantings. From there, the variety’s lush drinkability led to a surge in popularity, then overplanting (some of it on unsuitable sites) and finally a backlash that was turbo-charged by the infamous 2004 film, Sideways. What most viewers didn't realize was that, as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

    Fine examples of California Merlot—either as a single varietal wine or as part of a blend—can be found from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Central Coast and most regions around the state. Merlot wines offer a ripe, sensual mouthful of plummy fruit, suggestions of mint, herbs and vanilla, all carried along by an approachable structure and often, a great potential for improving with age.

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