About This Wine
We have two words for Morley Safer.
“Thank you.” Specifically, thanks for the role you played in transforming America into a red wine-loving country. Before you aired your report on the “French paradox” on “60 Minutes,” a lot of Americans never drank red wine.
But as you pointed out in your report, Mr. Safer, the French had high-fat diets, yet experienced a low rate of heart disease. How could this be? Many experts believed the reason could be traced to the heart-healthy benefits of substances found in red wine grapes. Almost overnight, sales of red wine shot up.
On supermarket shelves, Merlot was priced lower than Cabernet Sauvignon, so it was Merlot that most red wine “newbies” tried. And it has been a staple of California winemaking ever since — and not just because it’s good for you, but also because (to steal a line from Miller Lite) it tastes great... as this bottling from Bramble Ridge demonstrates.
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 and Assorted Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Cassis, Assorted Berries, Black Olive and Mild Oak
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestioncheese enchiladas, or a veggie burger.