International Merlot Day Half-Case
Your International Merlot Day Half-Case includes one bottle each of
Rivers End Reserve Merlot
A wonderful wine from the River’s End winemakers with ripe berry fruit flavors and aromas with a nice touch of oak. An amazingly versatile choice for serving with grilled duck, turkey, chicken, braised lamb, pork or beef – and a nice partner for dishes featuring a rich tomato sauce.
Radford Dale Shiraz-Merlot
The 2010 vintage of the highly acclaimed Shiraz-Merlot blend from Radford Dale is better than the last. With a 54% Shiraz 46% Merlot blend from grapes grown sustainability into Stellenbosch, South Africa, this wine shows that good things are still to come from the region. Forward cherries and red fruit come together with spicy aspects from the Shiraz, with ripe but firm tannins. The wine is a grilled meats best friend.
Black Fox Merlot
One of our favorite North Coast wineries created this fine wine with grapes from vineyards just west of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Black cherry and red currant aromas with hints of dried herbs and cocoa powder lead to classic Merlot fruit flavors, herbal tones and suppleness, making it a perfect match for grilled steaks or other simply prepared red meats.
Qapay Reserva Caberent Sauvignon
Maule Valley in Central Chile possesses some of the country’s oldest vineyards. So it is safe to say that this region in ingrained with winemaking tradition and experience with red wines. Currently undergoing a winemaking renaissance, we are seeing wines of increasing quality and that are stylistically innovative. Qapay Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine with concentrated dark berry flavors with an herbaceous vibe. If you haven’t explored much with the regions of Chile and are looking for a exciting new wine to try, you should start here with this Reserve level Cabernet from Qapay.
As the country’s most esteemed wine region, Mendoza commands a certain level of high expectation for quality. The bar is set quite high, similar to wines from Napa here in the United States. Thankfully, the Encantadora easily clears the bar and helps set the standard for what Argentinian Malbecs should be. Malbec is Argentina’s signature grape because of the amazing flavors the combination of the Argentine terroir and the natural characteristics of the fruit express. This particularly enthralling Malbec features fresh fruit flavors of blackberries, cherries and ripe plums. The Malbec is lightly oaked which adds a toasty vanilla undertone to the wine. The tannins are nice and round and help contribute to a lingering finish. A simply enjoyable, easy drinking Malbec.
The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.