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Colvin Merlot 2000

Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Winemaker Notes

    This complex wine offers layered aromas of vanilla and nutmeg with bright fruit and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Well-managed tannins lead to a smooth palate through the finish.

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    Colvin, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    As the name implies, the winemaking philosophy of Colvin Vineyards focuses on the vineyard. We believe the vineyards hold the key not only to our present winemaking endeavors, but also to the future as we strive to enhance the quality of the wines we produce. We have therefore embarked on an ambitious and exciting planting program, in which we work closely with select wine growers who are as committed to their efforts as we are ours. In addition to reviving the Carmenere varietal-which we feel will be an important blending wine-we have directed these growers to plant select clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. We feel this clonal diversification will ultimately contribute to the depth and complexity of our wines in years to come. We are very pleased with the results we have seen thus far and believe the resulting wines will reflect our dedication not only in the winery but in the vineyard as well.

    Walla Walla Valley

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    Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. It is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers. Though it is cooler and wetter than most of Washington State’s viticultural areas, irrigation from the Columbia River is still common, though some vineyards on the rainier eastern end of the AVA are able to dry farm.

    The conditions in the Walla Walla Valley are perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of black olives, smoke, bacon fat, and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced in a range of styles from smooth and supple to tannic and structured. White varieties are a relative rarity here. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon in the style of Bordeaux white blends, resulting in a richer, rounder version take on the variety. Plantings of Viognier are minimal, but often quite successful.

    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. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, 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 and Cabernet Franc.

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