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2005 Bridge Trail Mendocino Merlot

2005 Bridge Trail Mendocino Merlot

This tasty wine from Mendocino County offers aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, blackberry, tobacco and a mild herbal note.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2005
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About This Wine

Winegrapes were first planted in Mendocino County in the years following the California Gold Rush.

Immigrant farmers, failing as prospectors, turned to agriculture as a way of life in their new home. Saving the flatter lands on the river plains for farming food crops, these pioneer winegrowers planted their vineyards on the more rugged hillsides and sun-exposed ridge tops.

During the 1970s and ’80s, winegrowing expanded in Mendocino County. Grape growers and winemakers became more skilled with wine varieties and styles demanded by the American public. Mendocino wineries, led by Parducci Wine Cellars and Fetzer Vineyards, gained great acclaim and worldwide distribution. Today, Mendocino vineyards and wineries prosper, as the region’s wines become increasingly well-known.

Attention in the county has now turned to focus upon the grape varieties and wine styles that, in each particular microclimate, can produce the best and most distinctive wine. Wines like the Bridge Trail Merlot, a flavorful, easy-drinking wine that’s pure pleasure in a glass.

About Merlot

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:90% Merlot and 10% Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:90% Mendocino County and 10% Other Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Plum, Cassis, Blackberry, Tobacco & Herbs
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2009
  • Food Pairing Suggestionveal roast, cheesy gratins, or charcuterie.

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    Had this bottle last night with a NY steak. Execellent. Reordering right now. It is soft and very flavorfull. Matches red meats perfect and is well worth the low price. If you like Merlot you need to try this bottle.

    8/31/2009 Bill Hotchkiss
    • Rater Rank 1,509
    • Number of Ratings 14
    • Average 3.78571428571


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  • Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
  • Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
    Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
    French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
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