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Washington Merlot Charms

 "Merlot is one of the most planted red wine varieties in the U.S., and Washington State has an excellent reputation for balancing new world skill with old world aspects of this noble grape. Prized for appeal in blends as well as a single varietal, Washington State merlot benefits from dry, sunny days and crowned by cool nights that seal in acidity. "Washington merlot is marked by its richness and brightness, weight and balance, and dark, vibrant flavor profile," says Gilles Nicault, director of winemaking and viticulture for Long Shadows and Pedestal, a collection of internationally-acclaimed Columbia Valley wines and winemakers...."