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Dark Horse Merlot 2019

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750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Complement your dinner with our layered Dark Horse Merlot. With notes of dark cherry, blackberry, and toasted oak, you can serve this Merlot at room temp or slightly chilled to unlock deep, rich flavors in anything from stuffed mushrooms to braised short ribs.

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COMMENTARY: The 2019 Dark Horse Merlot is an excellent red wine value. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows attractive aromas and flavors of savory spices and red fruit. Enjoy it with lightly-battered fried chicken. ((Tasted: May 22, 2021, Del Mar, CA)
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A flinty character dominates this otherwise smooth and polished wine. Aromas of tobacco and wood char lead to herb-tinged black-cherry and black currant flavors as light tannins add a bit of texture to the mouthfeel.

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At Dark Horse Wines, their passion is crafting bold wines that deliver the unexpected. They marshal the best agricultural and winemaking practices from around the world to guarantee the highest quality.

Dark Horse Winemaker, Beth Liston, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She is constantly experimenting with different grape varietals and new winemaking techniques. From bold Red Blend to smooth Chardonnay, her passion for creating exceptional wines that outperform their price is unsurpassed.

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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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