Amour Merlot

"The hardest thing a winemaker can do is make an award-winning, single-varietal wine from a single vineyard - no blending - nothing added - nothing removed - nothing covered-up."

Amour Merlot is always produced as 100% Merlot from a single lot in our estate vineyard. Barrel-aged in French oak, Amour has won double gold medals (unanimous judge's decision) in the largest competition of American wines in the world.

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Food Pairing ~ Amour Merlot

Our Merlot likes foods with a single, delicate flavor that might include fats. Non-spiced meats such as pork chop, rack of lamb or filet mignon. Grilled salmon or sautéed chicken breast. Anything chocolate! For fruit pairings try fresh blackberries or raspberries. Here's a few suggestions: The beautiful dark ruby color of Amour leads into a complex set of aromas with floral notes of violet and iris, hints of tobacco leaf, bay leaf, mint and flavors that include raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, fig, licorice, anise and bitter chocolate and allspice. Choose foods that have simple, linear flavors like filet mignon or grilled salmon and avoid complex flavored foods.

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Cheese Pairing ~ Amour Merlot
Amour Merlot goes well with gouda, gorgonzola, brie, Jarlsberg or parmesan. Here's a few suggestions: By wedding rich, creamy cheese to the berry and plum notes of Merlot, you create a marriage of flavors destined to make your taste buds say, “I do.” Add a few tasty bites like, toasted walnuts, thin slices of prosciutto and semisweet chocolates— the honeymoon never has to end.

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Serving ~ Amour Merlot
  • Serving Temperature: 60°F- 65°F
  • Glass Type: Riedel - Bordeaux
  • Decant: Yes – 30 to 50 minutes
  • Age: Up to 15+ years
  • Pronunciation: mer loh

Background ~ Amour Merlot
Correct terroir, everything that influences the place where grapes grow, is vital to grow great Merlot and in our home estate vineyards we have been quietly growing and bottling some of the most dazzling, ultra-premium Merlot imaginable.

Soil profiles, prepared in March, 1990 showed 110” of loam and silty loam and 100” of loam and sandy loam across the vineyard profile. resulted in a Sandy loam with 63.4% sand, 5% silt, and 31.6% clay produced from degraded limestone. Clay soils contain a high Citation Exchange Capacity enabling the soil to provide more nutrients to the vines adding complexity and unique attributes to the grape flavor profile. We believe our soil chemistry profile is very similar to that found in the Saint-Émilion and here we decided to grow Merlot.

Starting with the highly regarded Pétrus Clone 181 of Merlot from Pomerol our vines are planted in this rich, clay-loam over gravel soils which retain their humidity in summer, considered perfect for Merlot.

Clone 181, prone to early bud break, is fairly vigorous producing pendulous fruit clusters. The spherical, blue-black, medium size berries show a reasonable thickness of skin, a juicy pulp and a wonderful rich, opulent flavor.

North of Bordeaux's Gironde River, the “Right Bank”, Merlot historically is the basis of the wines of the St. Emilion and Pomerol appellations. Merlot is the jewel here with Château Pétrus and Château Le Pin, leaders in Bordeaux wines, over 90% Merlot.

At the Paris Exhibition of 1878, Pomerol’s Château Pétrus was awarded its first gold medal, an event of great consequence, establishing the first wine of Pomerol to achieve this exalted position. In like fashion our Amour Merlot has won double gold medal (unanimous judge's decision) in the largest competition of American wines in the world.

Romantic Name ~ Amour Merlot

Amour is a French word meaning "love" because everyone loves this unique, single-vineyard, pure Merlot and to honor Cecile, our original French wine making mentor.

The name Merlot roughly translates to little blackbird, possibly due to its dark blue-black color having first been mentioned in print in 1783, spelled Merlau described as making “a black and excellent wine, productive in good soil.”

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