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Youthful aromatics of fresh plum, blueberries, and brown sugar with hints of caramel and violets. Flavors consist of black cherry and other dark fruits with notes of vanilla from a combination of good French and American wood. The addition of Cabernet and Syrah brings a bit of blackberry and raspberry to the mix. Great acidity keeps the flavors hanging in the mouth well after the finish.
Blend: 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah
Youngs Market Company
The vintage was of exceptional quality with ample sun and mild temperatures which set the stage for a long, ideal growing season. Our Merlot is soft and approachable with flavors of juicy red raspberry, pomegranate, cherry and a hint of dried herbs and vanilla oak. Pair this wonderful Merlot with baby back ribs in a merlot sauce, corn on the cob and sweet coleslaw.
Varietal: 91% Merlot, 9% Petit Sirah
At school and later at university, he studied economics and advertisement, and wine became a hobby. No matter where he lived, he was always involved in the wine: in the North of France, he created a wine club, then in England, he set up a small import company for organic wines, then in Miami he worked in the consulate to develop the import and distribution of French food & wine products.
In his professional life, he devoted the first 3 years of his career to his second passion : car and moto races, but very soon, he came back to his first love : the wine.
At the beginning of the 1990s, he worked 4 years in Bordeaux. This experience in the wine world was determining, as much as his encounter in 1992 with one of the most famous Italian winemakers, Giorgio Grai. He taught him the art of blending and to create wines with style. This teaching process has in fact never stopped!
In the middle of the 1990s, he did the first blendings of the family first bottled wines at Nicole Estate : the first wine was from vintage 1995.
Jean-Claude Mas is often described as a pioneer from the New Languedoc, belonging to the New wave of French wines, one of those on a mission to give Languedoc his former glory back in a region where wine production goes back to more than 2000 years.
The 2014 Carneros Merlot shows jammy blackberry and raspberry aromas. Nuances of spice and cocoa emerge as the wine opens up. Silky mouth-feel and well-balanced structure allow it to show wonderfully with a variety of well seasoned dishes.
This 2013 La Jota Merlot has complex notes of mocha, plum, blackberry and a little charcoal on the palate. Subtle, fine minerality gives way to a great velvety mouthfeel that lingers through the sustained finish.
Blend: 91.5 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Petit Verdot
This Merlot has a subtle and rounded palate with flavors of blackberry, vanilla and mocha. The finish is long and concentrated with hints of dried cherry.
Pair with breaded veal, marinara pastas, fried calamari, and hearty seafoods.
The 2015 vintage gave the 2015 PlumpJack Merlot, Napa Valley aromas of velvety raspberry, bright blackberry, sweet plum, white flowers and wild mushroom crostini. The barrels sprinkle in campfire s'mores and warming spices. The palate is delicate upon entry and crescendos to full-bodied and rich on the mid-palate. Bright acid and beautiful structure give this wine great tension, relentless balance and persistence on the finish that concludes with warm cocoa and fresh vanilla.
Blend: 96% Merlot, 4% Malbec
"Containing a 4% splash of Malbec, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Merlot opens with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves, spice cake and black pepper with hints of garrigue and wild sage. Full-bodied and boldly fruited in the mouth, the juicy black fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and spicy." -Wine Advocate
Bold fruit, with flavors of blackberry, rhubarb, and pomegranate wrapped in floral bouquet with undertones of cedar and tobacco. The palate fills with flavors of cherries, plums, spice and a slight saline quality. The soft tannins persist through a long, generous finish.
Blend: 81% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
You don’t know what it wants and you’ve underestimated its character. But you can feel it watching your every move. A cunning presence lingers, like a thorn in your side. It isn’t going anywhere.
Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. It’s smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with balanced acidity.
Aromas of black cherry, coffee, licorice, and creamy bright fruit. On the palate, chocolate-covered cherries, and hoisin sauce. Elegant, nuanced, texturally plush with velvety tannins
Blend: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Tasting Notes: Cherry red with intense aromas of spices and herbs such as thyme and bay leaf along with abundant ripe red fruits. Medium bodied, juicy, and very well balanced on the palate. Ideal with meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken wings, and pizza.
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from different Merlot vineyards in the Colchagua Valley with an average age of 15 years