About This Wine
PURE Merlot is a pure expression of California’s Lake County winegrowing region.
Within Lake County (north of the Napa Valley), the Clear Lake appellation is the largest defined vineyard area. It completely surrounds the lake for which it’s named, and its perimeter has around 9,000 acres devoted to grapevines.
And within the Clear Lake appellation you’ll find the Red Hills District, where such famous names as Beringer, Kendall-Jackson and Beckstoffer are attached to the vineyards. More than half of the grapes used to make the 2007 PURE Merlot were grown in the Red Hills, where the soils are of volcanic origin from neighboring Mount Konocti.
When we say that the wine is “pure,” we mean exactly that. It’s a 100-percent varietal wine, meaning that its entire aroma and flavor spectrum — sans a hint of spice from aging in oak barrels — comes from Merlot grapes. Dense, rich, luscious, concentrated and layered, the 2007 PURE Lake County Merlot provides pure drinking pleasure.
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.
- Grape Composition:100% Merlot
- Grape Source:60% Red Hills & 40% Clear Lake in Lake County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Plum, Black Cherry, Vanilla, Coconut, Fig & Toasty Oak
- Aging Vessels:70% French & 30% American Oak Barrels for 7 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestiona grilled cheddar burger, or lamb chops.
14 recipes match for this wine.
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
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
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