ARIEL 2008 California Merlot offers all of the benefits of a red wine, with less than half of one- percent alcohol. The grapes were grown in San Luis Obispo county, from vineyards known for superior Merlot production.
ARIEL California Merlot was fermented and aged in the traditional red wine method: fermentation in stainless steel cooperage on the skins at temperatures above 75° F (24° C). After fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and a portion was moved to small French oak barrels for aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold filtration.
Ethanol: 0.15% by volume
Varietal Profile: 85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% other reds
Serving Size: 100 ml = 3.38 ounces
Calories/Serving: approximately 24
Cases Produced: 2,100
ARIEL California Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis, combined with a white chocolate, clove and oak bouquet from the barrel aging. At its optimum maturity two years after bottling, it can be enjoyed immediately or held for up to seven years. ARIEL Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to beef, lamb and wild game dishes.