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Farella Estate Merlot 2013

    750ML / 14.5% ABV
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    750ML / 14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Farella Park's 2013 Merlot really shows its strength as a plush, red varietal with a pleasing softness, bright red fruits and deep texture. In its youth, it has a deep structure with fullness in the flavors and aromas. Time in the bottle will enhance the more succulent characteristics and intensify the classic claret "cigar box" spice.

    Blend: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Farella, California
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    Farella is a family owned vineyard and winery based out of the new Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley. Founded in 1977, the first wines produced in 1985.

    Having planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Coombsville-Napa valley AVA, it is also the home of the first Cabernet wine produced in the AVA.

    “We strive to create ageworthy wines that reflect the nuance and character of our AVA, while emphasizing balance to ensure their place at the dinner table.”

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    Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.

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    An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

    Tasting Notes for Merlot

    Merlot is a dry, red wine known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. From cool climates, Merlot wines will express earthy and herbal notes, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

    Perfect Food Pairings for Merlot

    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 are a hit with pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

    Sommelier Secrets for Merlot

    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.

    HNYFAAMET13C_2013 Item# 336224

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