2011 Wente Vineyards Merlot

VARIETAL Merlot
REGION Livermore Valley
LIFESTYLE Vegan
VINTAGE 2011
Oh sweet Merlot, how I love thee. I’ve heard many folks knock Merlot but I’m a fan. Some say Merlot’s bad rap come from the movie Sideways while others think it’s due to the cheap commercial Merlot that is everywhere. Regardless, this 2011 Wente Vineyards Merlot definitely says, “I’m a Merlot, he me roar.”
|Written March 19, 2014
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There are aromas of dark cherry, jam, touch of bell pepper, and spices (like when you open the cupboard door and the wave of yumminess hits your nose). You’ll be greeted with strawberry jam, toasty oak, and a solid fruit finish on the palate, along with a silky mouth feel.

Wente Vineyards

It would pair well with herbed chicken or pork chops, and darn near anything with roasted tomatoes. Personally, I did my typical pairing of Merlot and stalking people on Facebook. At $19.00 a bottle, I might make it my regular Facebook wine.

Careful…I’m watching you!

Fill your glass with some Merlot and check this out. Not only does the Wente family have rich history, two tasting rooms, a restaurant, along with a golf course and grill… but they also give back to the community through the Wente Foundation for Arts Education. The goal being to support art education programs in Livermore Valley (where they are located) and throughout the United States.

Wente Vineyards Restaurant

Not enough? Okay, throw in some sustainability. Their restaurant dining room hardwood floor is from sustainably harvested timber and has hand-crafted furniture made from recycled materials, including a communal table built from redwood recycled from 100 year old winery tanks. They also have organic vegetable and herb gardens. Who wants to meet me for dinner?

These folks are no joke. Support the wineries that are properly taking care of our land. Sip sustainable!

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