Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Franciscan Merlot 2006, Napa Valley, USA

A silky smooth Merlot Blend from Napa Valley (Yountville South). Just so you know, this wine is quite a charmer!

Technical Data: 99% Merlot and 1 tiny % of Cabernet Sauvignon, just to say there some in there:-). 16 months in 60% French and 40% US Oak barrels, 25% of were new.

Description: Ruby red in color with purple hues. Intense cherry and plum aromas backed up by light oak. Elegant and full-bodied palate showing off very soft tannins and refine characters of cherry and plum, with some tobacco, a hint of black pepper and some earthiness on top of oaky flavors. The wine is textured and jammy as well as well balanced and long lasting.

Food Pairing & Service: Will accompany really well the French cheese called Chaumes as suggested by my friends from the "Cheese Fromagerie" Department from the store I was tasting in. Also due to the richness of this wine it will go wonderfully with some hearty dishes or even a steak.

Score: 9/10. I have to say, I am not usually a Merlot Lover but this one got definitely into me!

Ageing Potential: Up to 5 years.

Price as seen on DC shelf: $26.99

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