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Textbook Merlot Napa Valley 2019

$27

Spicy, with subtle ginger hints to the raspberry and red cherry flavors, which linger with vanilla bean notes. The polished finish is enlivened by hot stone accents and sanguine elements. Drink now through 2025. 2,041 cases made.

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Wine Type and Color

Red Still

Magazine Issue

Apr 30, 2022

Summary

Grape

Merlot

Merlot is one of the most important Bordeaux varieties along with Cabernet Sauvignon. It's fleshier and ripens earlier than Cabernet, resulting in softer wines with plush tannins and fruit. Bordeaux is the grape's native home, where it's the dominant grape in Right Bank appellations like Pomerol and St.-Emilion and plays a supportive role on the Left Bank. It has also gained an international presence, with a notable boom in California in the mid-1990s, both as a single-variety wine and as part of a blend. While France and California are the most important growers of Merlot, versions from Italy, Australia, Washington, New York and more are worth seeking out.

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$27

Textbook Merlot Napa Valley 2019

Spicy, with subtle ginger hints to the raspberry and red cherry flavors, which linger with vanilla bean notes. The polished finish is enlivened by hot stone accents and sanguine elements. Drink now through 2025. 2,041 cases made.

Details

Wine Type and Color

Red Still

Magazine Issue

Apr 30, 2022

Summary

Grape

Merlot

Merlot is one of the most important Bordeaux varieties along with Cabernet Sauvignon. It's fleshier and ripens earlier than Cabernet, resulting in softer wines with plush tannins and fruit. Bordeaux is the grape's native home, where it's the dominant grape in Right Bank appellations like Pomerol and St.-Emilion and plays a supportive role on the Left Bank. It has also gained an international presence, with a notable boom in California in the mid-1990s, both as a single-variety wine and as part of a blend. While France and California are the most important growers of Merlot, versions from Italy, Australia, Washington, New York and more are worth seeking out.

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Region

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