Merlot

      Castello di Amorosa “La Castellana” Napa Valley, California.

      Grapes 70% Cabernet, 16% Merlot, 14% Sangiovese   Facts The Universe is a strange place…. ”Oh dear…he’s getting all weird and deep on us!” Wait a minute!!! Hear me out!!! So I was pouring at a wine tasting at a private residence last week, here in Jacksonville, and I happened to be looking through their wine cellar…because I’m nosy like that. Now let me just tell you that this is one of the most INSANE…

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      Red Wine Wins in a White Wine Competition.

      News article taken from Richmond Times Dispatch Something rather interesting happened recently at the Celebration of the Vine festival in Virginia. The red wine that took first place was Cooper Vineyards 2009 Petit Verdot. No huge surprises there. But what about the white winner? A white merlot! New Kent Winery’s White Merlot, to be precise. “This could be a first for a red grape,” New Kent winemaker Tom Payette said. To make a White Merlot, the…

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      Veramonte “Primus” Red Wine Blend from Colchagua, Chile.

      Grapes 65% Cabernet, 20% Syrah, 8% Merlot, 7% Carmenere   Facts In 1960, a relatively unknown gentleman by the name of Agustin Huneeus burst onto the Chilean wine-scene. He purchased part of the Concha y Toro winery operation, became the winery’s CEO, and is credited with turning it into the largest wine producers in the country. By the 70’s however, things in Chile had gotten kind of crazy! Pinochet had overthrown the Government, and Agustin…

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      This Week in Wine – 9/18/11

          Waitrose Take the Gutsy Move to Stock Indian Wine… Indian wine is breaking into the UK market, with Waitrose becoming the first UK supermarket to stock wines from the sub-continent. Waitrose is featuring Ritu Viognier and Zampa Syrah as part of the Waitrose World of Wine Showcase. Waitrose describes Ritu Viognier as a ‘crisp, aromatic white wine with floral and peach aromas.’ Both wines are produced in the dry, tropical climate of the…

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      Meeker Handprint Merlot

      Grapes 83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot   Facts Good God I love this stuff! Probably my favorite all time Merlot, and not just due to the cool bottle! It’s also probably my most recommended wine for someone looking to give a bottle as a gift.   The Handprint Merlot can really be considered the signature wine out of the whole Meeker lineup. Each bottle is touched…

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      Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2008

        Grapes 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc – I’m kind taking an educated guess based on previous vintages, since they don’t currently have an updated tech sheet for the ‘08 on the Chateau Pipeau website. They should probably get on that.   Facts The family-owned Château Pipeau wine estate was founded in 1929. Château Pipeau is often viewed as a decent-priced entry into good Bordeaux. The wines vary in price and rating…

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      Hedges C.M.S, Columbia Valley – Washington State, 2008

        Grapes 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet, 6% Syrah   Facts The name C.M.S. comes from the blend of grapes they use i.e. Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah. This makes sense considering they are the leading the grapes in the Columbia Valley region. The Hedges estate also make a white blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc. The CMS has been made since 1987, and is recognized as one of the big value-driven wines coming out of Washington State.

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      Wine Review of Darcie Kent “Crown Block” Merlot 2008

      Grape 100% Merlot   Facts Merlot is believed to have received its name from an old French word meaning “young blackbird”. (Merle is the French word for several kinds of birds). Two components link the Merlot grape with blackbirds, the first being the grape’s dark blue color, and the second being the bird’s liking for the grape. The earliest recorded mention of the Merlot grape was in 1784, but the French were obviously growing it…

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