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It’s all about the “Merlove”! A well-made Merlot is truly a thing of beauty. They offer earth and spice to complement the beautiful fruit notes in the wine. Now a few years after the movie Sideways killed Merlot sales in the U.S. there has been a resurgence of Merlot lovers coming out of the woodwork and declaring their “Merlove”. I am one of those people singing the praises of Washington State Merlot. Our 2012 Merlot initiates with aromas of leather laced Medjool dates. The fruit on the nose is reminiscent of pie cherries, cranberries, and fresh pomegranate juice. Then pie spice moves in with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and just a whisper of all spice. The flavors right off the bat offer up that leather and spice acting as book ends on the attack and the finish, with the fruit notes of cherries and cranberries dancing around on the mid-palate. This wine offers beautiful structure that lets you know that it is no joke and is ready to drink now or can be aged for a number of years. Braised wild boar ravioli tossed in a rich demi-glace and drizzled with a Madjool date and Merlot reduction, topped with Parmigiano Reggiano shavings would be a pairing made in heaven! Production: 480 Cases produced