Napa Valley * Carneros
Related to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and French Malbec, the first written mention of the grape Merlau was in 1783-4. Today we know this grape as Merlot. It is grown in many countries but best known as a principal grape in the great blended wines of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and it’s one of the world’s most planted grape vines.
The Middle Ridge 2012 Merlot reminds you of what a wine can be. Great with food and great just to sip and savor on the deck in the evening. The beautiful ruby color leads you to great aromas of black plum and cherry, with an herbal hint and notes of fresh tobacco in your empty glass.
Your first sip brings pleasing plum and cherry notes with a dash of cedar on the side. Nice acidity and velvety tannins on the front palate all make this a multi-purpose wine for sure. Pair this wine with Herbs de Provence encrusted roast leg or rack of lamb with roasted thyme potatoes and a side of sautéed haricots vert.