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Mirassou Merlot 2019

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    In the mood for red? This luscious vintage is packed with dark fruit—think blackberry, black cherry and raspberry—and layered with smooth vanilla, sweet aromatics and soft tannins for a plush feel on the palate. A cheese plate’s best friend, this is a great wine to have on hand for spur-of-the-moment entertaining.

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    Since 1854 the Mirassou family has dedicated itself to mastering the art of winemaking. 150 years later, their passion and optimism are stronger than ever. In 2004 the 6th generation of this winemaking family celebrated the launch of a new line of crisp, fruit-focused wines honoring their 150th anniversary as a California winery.
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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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