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2007 Pure Lake County Merlot

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This lusciously textured wine showcases notes of plum, black cherry, vanilla, coconut, fig and toasty oak.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2007
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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.

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: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.

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    Winne tasting party consensus. Nice wine, more oak-aged flavor than most merlots.

    12/04/2010 Scott Reich
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14 recipes match for this wine.

  • 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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
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