Two Vines Merlot 750ml
Two Vines Merlot is plush and balanced, showcasing aromas of cola, cream soda and caramel leading into expressions of vanilla, strawberry jam and subtle cocoa. Flavors of spice round out the silky finish.
Category: Dry Red Wine
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Region: Washington State, USA
Winery: Two Vines
Pairings: Beef, lamb, and veal
Merlot Grape Variety
The majority of Merlot is grown in its native France, with the United States coming in second, followed by Spain and Italy. The best Merlot is said to grow in vineyards with struggling hillside vines. Flavors of raspberry chocolate, sugar plum, black berry and cedar.
Because of its unique ability to add softness and fruit to a wine, Merlot grape is often used to blend with other grapes, especially Cabernet Sauvignon to produce some of the finest wines in the world. However, since its arrival in America, the winemakers particularly in the California’s Napa Valley often make wines using 100% Merlot grape.
Two Vines Winery
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates – Washington State’s oldest winery – unveiled Two Vines as a stand-alone winery in 2014. The Two Vines designation speaks to their method of vine trellising which positions grape clusters for optimum sun exposure, resulting in approachable wines with richer flavor, brighter color and an expression of fruit that’s perfect for everyday enjoyment.
Eastern Washington experiences less precipitation due to the surrounding Cascade mountain range. The lower temperatures delay ripening and help to retain fresh fruit aromatics and mouthwatering acidity.