About This Wine
What a difference 12 years can make.
In 1994, some 2.8 million cases of Merlot were sold in the United States. By 2006, that figure had exploded to 21.4 million cases. And the folks at Aurelia Cellars have helped fuel the growth by producing a Merlot that is smooth without being simple.
Many Americans gravitated to Merlot following reports that the consumption of red wine carried certain health benefits. But when newcomers to wine tried the king of all reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, they found it to be too harsh or bitter — the result of drinking it too young, before its tannins had mellowed. Those people found that Merlot offered many of the same flavors without assaulting the palate... and a revolution had begun.
Aurelia Cellars’ 2011 Merlot is easy drinking, yet has plenty of personality with its array of fruit flavors and other notes. Simply stated, it’s a wine that’s very easy to love.
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 Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Assorted Berries, Plum & Chocolate
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionmushroom pizza, or Spanish tapas.
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