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Bolen Family Estates 2008 Merlot

Bolen Family Estates

2008 Merlot
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, CA

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1. $1 GROUND SHIPPING on all case (12 bottle) orders. Shipping refunded immediately after purchase. 2. With all case (12 bottle) orders choose between a VIP tasting and tour at the winery/caves OR a private, interactive Skype tasting session with the winery owner.
Tasting Notes:
The ultimate Cabernet lovers Merlot! It is the goal of Bolen Family Estates’ Proprietor, Eric Bolen, to produce the best Merlot in the world each year-a lofty goal to be sure. We at Cellar Angels think he has achieved his goal with this vintage 2008 Merlot. A beautiful deep ruby in color, the wine looks as supple and enticing as it tastes. Very plush aromas and flavors of red and blue fruits blend seamlessly with hints of minerality, tobacco, licorice and black tea. Flavors of enticingly over-ripe fruit, peppery spice and licorice hit mid-palate and lead to a prolonged finish. Amazingly balanced, this wine is drinking beautifully right now, but also has the potential to improve with age. With an unprecedented discount offered exclusively through Cellar Angels, this is the perfect wine to purchase in quantity to enjoy now and to explore how it evolves for years to come. This is an offer that absolutely must be taken advantage of as the Bolen team is only reducing the price of this wine so we can help make a difference for others this holiday season.
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Winemaker:
Tom Rinaldi
About the Winemaker:

Winemaker Tom Rinaldi is a true pioneer of Napa Valley Merlot. As the founding winemaker at now legendary Duckhorn Vineyards, Tom has an impressive 30+ year legacy in Napa Valley. A former military man, Tom also earned a degree in Enology from the University of California, Davis before spending 22 years at Duckhorn. From there Tom moved on to Chalone Vineyard and then to Provenance Vineyards as well as consulting for fine wineries such as Bolen Family Estates. An avid biker, Tom is often seen riding his bike through the vineyards and around the Napa Valley. When discussing his passion for winemaking Tom says, “I love everything from anticipating the vineyards’ seasons to experimenting with new technologies. I love the way we use innovative practices right alongside traditional methods. For example, even as we’re using recent technology for sophisticated vineyard mapping, we’re also evaluating grapes by that most time-honored of methods—tasting.”

Read an incredible interview with Tom Rinaldi.

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General Food Pairing Suggestions:
Elegant Merlot is a very food friendly wine that pairs beautifully with a wide variety of hearty foods such as vegetarian dishes, pasta and spicy rice dishes. Enjoy with meats ranging from poultry to lamb to venison and beef. Cheeses such as Brie, Blue, Parmesan and Cheddar are wonderful compliments to Merlot as are chocolate desserts.
About the Winery
Bolen Family Estates For the past several years Bolen Family Estates has relentlessly focused on crafting the Best Merlot in the World. You should decide for yourself but their followers will tell you the wine is amazing. The limited production of no more than 500 cases allows the team at Bolen to get to know each barrel of wine produced. Learn more