About This Wine
Are you looking for a smooth red wine that’s ready to drink tonight?
You’ve come to the right place. Knoll Haven Winery knows how Merlot — a great food wine — “behaves” in the vineyard. The Merlot grape has a thin skin, which has both advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, it will ripen a full week before other varieties. On the negative side, it is a less hardy grape and is susceptible to rot and mildew.
But such afflictions are rare in California, where Merlot grapes thrive in the generally warm climate. Knoll Haven sources its grapes from some of the warmer of the warm areas, assuring it has fully ripened, flavor-packed fruit with which to work.
Because it’s medium-bodied, Knoll Haven's 2011 Merlot not only is smooth, it complements a wide range of dishes, even some lighter fare normally matched with white wines — including veal dishes and chicken.
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 & Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Bing Cherry, Tobacco, Black Olive, Cassis and Toasted Almond
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionveal or chicken dishes.
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