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Sullivan Merlot Rutherford J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve 2019

$280

Taut and narrowly focused, with demure currant, dried herb and cedar flavors that finish with dry, chewy tannins. Best after 2023. 300 cases made.

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Wine Type and Color

Red Still

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Web Only - 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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$280

Sullivan Merlot Rutherford J.O. Sullivan Founder's Reserve 2019

Taut and narrowly focused, with demure currant, dried herb and cedar flavors that finish with dry, chewy tannins. Best after 2023. 300 cases made.

Details

Wine Type and Color

Red Still

Magazine Issue

Web Only - 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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