Dark burgundy red in color, the 2010 Cycles Gladiator Merlot is classic and approachable with gorgeous fruit and rich...Read more...
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Made from grapes harvested while cool and touched by the morning dew, the richly colored Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Merlot exhibits a lovely aromatic nose of Emperor Cherry, blackberry and cedar underscored with a subtle hint of pencil shavings and fresh moss. Lush red fruit fills the mouth with increasing intensity and then finishes with plum and green flavors that fill the background. The tannins are substantial at the front yet melt with on the palate, offering a velvety richness opposite of the typically harsh and bitter characteristics of some Merlots. A unique, cool-climate acidity suspends the experience well into the finish. This wine is decidedly ripe and lush, yet substantial enough to stand up to the most demanding cuisine. It is an excellent wine to share at a dinner party. Try paired with an array of savory appetizers such as mushroom- and sausage-smothered polenta squares, skewered peppery beef teriyaki or lamb kabobs with a reduced raspberry balsamic marinad...
Dark burgundy red in color, the 2010 Cycles Gladiator Merlot is classic and approachable with gorgeous fruit and rich aromas of dark plum, toasty oak and caramel. The flavors are layered and beautifully structured, with cassis, dark chocolate, plum and black cherry, which unfold in the mid-palate, fanning out to solid yet well-integrated tannins that allow the wine a lingering, silky finish. This wine shines with an array of foods. Try it with rich duck confit, braised chicken with honey and five-spice, spicy lamb kabobs or your favorite burger!
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