Prince Michel Vineyards NV Merlot-Cabernet Reserve

With advancements in technology, enology is quite the science but it is in the blending of wines that winemakers express the art of the profession.  This is clearly the case in the Merlot Cabernet blend from Prince Michel.  By blending the fruit from both the 2009 and the 2010 vintages, Winemaker Brad Hansen gains the best of both vintages while losing the opportunity to put a vintage on the label.

85% Merlot/15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit for this wine was sourced from two Albemarle County vineyards, Mt Juliet and Crown Orchard, as well as Quaker Run Vineyard in Madison County.

Deep, dark garnet in the glass, this nose of this wine is filled with plum, blackberry, and a hint of pepper.  A fruit forward supple attack features highlights of black cherry.  The multi-layered midpalate expands to showcase black current, plum and a hint of cocoa.  The finish lingers nicely with vanilla and smoke notes.

This blend would go exceptionally well with Italian dishes as the flavors are enhanced by the juicy tomatoes and sweet tasting sauces.  Savory Chicken or vegetarian dishes would also pair well.

Serve and store this wine at 55° F.  As the wine spent 14 months aging in French and American oak, proper cellaring will reward patient club members with an increase in flavor profile complexity and integration.


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