About This Wine
“Every choice you make has an end result.”
Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said that. Much earlier, Aristotle had this to say about choice: “Excellence is a state concerned with choice.” At Olivia’s Choice, those observations go into every bottle of wine.
The first, and perhaps most important, choice involves sourcing the grapes for each cuvee. For the 2011 Merlot, a number of California’s top appellations were selected. The second choice involves the varieties selected, and in this case, Merlot was joined by a handful of other red varieties, each selected for a specific quality to enhance the final cuvee.
Other choices were made in aging vessels, with oak barrels used for some of the juice, and stainless steel tanks for other lots. And when all was said and done, the various choices added up to a sublime bottle of wine. It’s a methodology that has been working beautifully for Olivia’s Choice for many years.
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:Crushed Red Berries, Black Olive, Cassis and Tobacco
- Aging Vessels:Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionshepherd’s pie, or pasta with mild sausages.
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