Front Porch (Merlot) Sittin’ with C&T Cellars

Posted on October 14, 2015

 

 

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Is it chilly where you are? Are you breaking out your scarves and boots and blankets yet? Well, we have the perfect pour for your front porch sitting – Front Porch Merlot from C&T Cellars in Napa Valley, CA! 

According to their website , this yummy merlot is 100% Merlot gr
ape, derived from two Merlot vineyards in Napa Valley’s cool California
climate: the Yountville Appellation, with it’s rich soil and healthy vines a plenty, and the Mount Veeder vineyard, located at approximately 600 feet elevation, with it’s challenging soil and lower crop levels. The blend of the two, fermenting a total of 18 months in new oak barrels in the C&T Cellars, makes for a smokey-fruity-berry wine that is to DIE for.

Side note: The Grape Girls also found that, when paired with the Pumpkin Spice Cake from Trader Joe’s, this already awesome vino became even awesomer. Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pumpkin Spice Cake is where it’s at. 

A Stylish Merlot

We talked a little bit last week about where Merlot came from, her humble, rough beginnings, and how she eventually found her way into the hearts and glasses of wine lovers around the world. We also touched on the two styles of production that make a Merlot: International Style and Bordeaux Style. Here’s what you need to know about both. (Side note: Grape Girl Tee found this part confusing. It’s hard being a Grape Girl sometimes).

  • The International Style is primarily found in New World wine regions. The wine guys and gals that follow International Style harvest their grapes on the later side of life,  leaving the grapes on the vine until fully ripened. The result? A full-bodied, fruit-forward wine with low acidity and high sugar levels.
  • The Bordeaux Style is, then, quite the opposite. These guys and gals harvest their grapes on the sooner side to maintain the acidity of the grape, but keeping the sugar and alcohol levels low. This gives us a more medium-bodied wine with fresh, red fruit flavors.

Taking a total stab in the dark, The Grape Girls THINK this front porch Merlot is of the International style. If we’re wrong, C&T, let us know!

Merlot: OUT.

That’s it for now on Merlot, folks. Stay tuned when we stay on our red journey and take a little stroll down Zinfandel Lane next week. Until then, show us your glass on Twitter or Instagram!

We HEART you,

Lo & Tee

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