About This Wine
Merlot is the second leading red varietal (after Cabernet Sauvignon) in America today.
But if Alderwood Creek Vineyards has anything to say about it, Merlot may one day surpass Cabernet in that regard. Alderwood Creek makes a number of wines, but its focus with Merlot is to craft an accessible, food-friendly wine that can be enjoyed on a regular basis.
There’s no denying that Merlot’s popularity is on the upswing. California Merlot consumption was 19.3 million cases in 2009 in the U.S., growing dramatically from the 2.8 million cases sold in 1994. It’s the perfect variety for white and blush wine drinkers who may be expanding their vinous horizons to reds.
And Alderwood Creek’s Merlot is an easy wine to like, thanks to its soft, approachable and luscious character. The 2009 vintage, like several past releases, has a distinctive black olive component to its flavor spectrum, making it a nice match for an olive-topped pizza.
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:Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Assorted Berries, Black Olive, and Hints of Cherry & Cassis
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestionmeatloaf, or a pizza with black olives.
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