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2006 Lake County Merlot — SOLD OUT

2006 Lake County Merlot

Vineyard Location: Diamond Ridge, Lake County
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Total Acidity: .58
pH: 3.7
Brix at Harvest: 25 degrees
Residual Sugar: .15
Alcohol: 14.6 %
Cooperage: Sansaud French Oak
Aging: 26 months
Approx. Quantity Produced: 115 cases

Winemaker’s Comments

A palate of dark chocolate and toasty vanilla notes follow aromas of dark fruits and ripe maraschino cherries. Soft, yet firm tannins linger long into the finish of toasted vanilla oak. Pair this wine with a grilled chicken breast with white beans, pancetta, spinach, mushroom and a garlic thyme jus.


Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it was soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier than Cabernet Sauvignons, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plums, black cherries, violets, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, a heavy chicken dish, and any beef combination that fancies you. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of flavor for both linger eternally.

Preferred Pricing

1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.

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