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2018 Merlot Over and Play Dead

2018 Merlot Over and Play Dead
Merlot Over
Merlot Over Label
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Sonoma County
Alcohol %
14.0
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SKU: MLDSMER18

This is not a wimpy Merlot.  Slightly tongue-in-cheek, but this has always been the motto for our Merlot Over and Play Dead.  Winemaker Brenda Lynch's focus has always been on picking ripe Merlot fruit to get the ripe fruits she loves, and to get soft and ripe tannins.  The wine's label captures this "attitude"... a big, beefy bulldog saying "bite me" is our way of saying this in not your typical Merlot.

It’s all about the fruit.  For her “Dog Series” wines, Brenda has one goal in mind - create fruit-forward wines with varietally true aromatics, mid palette weight and flavor, and a full bodied and balanced finish.   Brenda sources her fruit from a variety of appellations within California always letting the quality of the fruit drive her selections. Her travels always seem to have stops in beach towns for a cold beer at the local pub, which she claims are an equally important part of her winemaking!

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Sonoma County
Alcohol %
14.0
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2018 Merlot Over and Play Dead is medium-ruby in color and opens with fruit-forward aromas and flavors of red plums, cherries and elderberries, followed by licorice and mocha flavors from French oak aging. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, nicely balanced and with a smooth, though dry finish.
Food Pairing Notes
We look for food pairings that combine Merlot's natural affinity for beef with flavors that match the savory qualities of the wine. Our favorite is grilled hamburger, medium rare, covered in sauteed shitake mushrooms. A close second is meatloaf smothered in smokey bbq sauce.
Product Reviews
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David H.
(Aug 22, 2020 at 7:06 PM)
Wow! The 2018 vintage is absolutely great (compared to the 2017 vintage). It is a lighter merlot with soft tannins & a stunning bouquet. Flavors of elderberries, subtle oak and red cherry. When poured it has the color of a pale garnet. Paired very well with grilled asparagus, grilled port chops with sage/salt/pepper and hashbrowns. The only thing that could be better about this wine is being in Windsor to taste it in the tasting room with dogs.

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