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Chloe Merlot 2015

Merlot from San Lucas, Monterey, Central Coast, California
    13.9% ABV
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    13.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Our Chloe Merlot is a full-bodied, elegant wine with a rich burgundy color palette, soft tannins, and smooth acidity. Abundant flavors of freshly picked blackberries, black cherry, and ripe plum lead to a plush, velvety mouthfeel followed by delicate notes of vanilla, mocha and spice. This complex, sensuous wine is exceptionally well-balanced with sophisticated intensity and a silky finish that lingers on the tongue.

    90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Chloe, San Lucas, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Chloe wines offer the structure and depth of exceptional fruit sourced from the world’s preeminent growing regions to create elegant wines with sophisticated intensity. Named after the ancient word meaning "blooming," Chloe wines are radiant and burgeoning with beautiful aromas and luxurious flavors. Made for wine enthusiasts who appreciate all things extraordinary and timeless, the Chloe Wine Collection is crafted to inspire your own memorable occasions.

    San Lucas

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    Within the greater Monterey County, the San Lucas AVA claims the largest diurnal temperature variation of all of the California AVAs. The area produces a variety of styles.

    An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. But the grape also has enough stuffing to make serious, world-renowned wines. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, in St. Emilion and Pomerol, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

    In the Glass

    Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

    Perfect Pairings

    Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many 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.

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