About This Wine
Much mystery surrounds the Vampire line of wines.
As an example, the identities of the winemakers engaged by owner Michael Machat remain a well-guarded secret. That’s because they’re employed by other wineries, and it’s important that the brands they represent be protected in the marketplace. We can tell you that one of the vintners has garnered an almost unheard-of score of 96 for one of his bottlings from Wine Spectator.
What is not a mystery is why Vampire wines are so good. It’s a combination of professional winemakers having access to exceptional winegrapes and knowing exactly what to do with them.
Of the 2010 Vampire Merlot, one of the Vampire vintners tells us, “It’s a wine that’s approachable now, but because it’s perfectly balanced, it also has the potential for improving with additional bottle aging.” Delicious with chicken, beef or lamb dishes, it’s a wine that you can really sink your teeth into.
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:North Coast Growing Region of California
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Assorted Herbs, Vanilla and Toast
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionchicken, beef or lamb dishes.
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