No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f****** Merlot!
A decade ago, the critically acclaimed film Sideways was released and thanks to Paul Giamatti’s curmudgeon of a character Miles Raymond, Merlot sales suffered greatly in North America.
Saying that, the characters in Sideways were drinking Santa Barbara Merlot and this week we’re talking about Washington State — 2008 Camaraderie Merlot to be exact — and even the biggest Merlot hater will change their tune after trying this red.
For anyone who thinks this red is a wimpy or boring little grape, the Camaraderie will challenge that convention with 14.5 percent alcohol, classic plum and menthol flavours and finely tuned tannins to cap it all off.
While some people might be more familiar with this winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is what the team is truly passionate about. Winemaker Don Corson has used a minimalist approach in his winemaking, letting most of the fruit do the talking.
In an effort to create the best result, Corson and his team have been careful to only select grapes from the best vineyards in the area. Vineyards in Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope and Red Mountain have all been used to create this award-winning vintage.
To add further love to the wine, Camaraderie is as choosy with their oak barrels as they are with their grapes. With the philosophy that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ each wine will receive its own special oak treatment that varies greatly depending on vintage and varietal.
If you’re looking to treat your taste buds, challenge long-standing beliefs on the Merlot grape or if you simply need a nice wine to pair with dinner pick-up a bottle of the 2008 Camaraderie Merlot which has hit our shelves as a BOLD exclusive. It will be the best $36.70 you’ve ever spent.
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