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2013 Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula

Merlot is a varietal often displaced by Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is amongst the most noble of grape varietals and has unbelievable texture and softness, making it elegant and velvety on the palate.  It doesn’t compete with food, but rather enhances the wine drinking experience and a meal simultaneously.

The grapes for our Niagara Peninsula Merlot have been sourced from three different vineyards to enhance the wine’s complexity.  The addition of Cabernet Franc provides further structure and tannin.

The nose is subtle up front, but with time to breathe the aromas of black plum, cherry and vanilla shine through.  A hint of coffee bean in the background rounds out the nose.  The palate is warm and full of ripe cherry, vanilla bean and a touch of smoke.  The finish is soft, with velvety tannins.

Merlot is an excellent food companion and often best severed with rare cuts of meat, BBQ or salmon.  It also pairs beautifully with pasta dishes, such as pappardelle with lamb ragu.  For something unique, try pairing with smoked pork tenderloin.

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 Varietal: Merlot 90% / Cabernet Franc 10%
Vineyard: KEW Vineyard, St. John Vineyard & Emerald Shore Vineyard
Aging Process: Barrel Aged French Oak 12 Months
Alcohol: 13.5%
Cases: 1500

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Collections: Red Wine

Type: Red Wine



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