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2007 181 Lodi Merlot
March 24, 2010 - Norman Bentley
Here I am, "stuck in Lodi again!' Or so the song goes, and also an article I wrote sometime back
about the 337 Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi. The 337 is the number for a Cabernet Sauvignon
grape clone and also the name of a very good value priced wine from Lodi.
Well here comes the half brother from the 181 Merlot clone, the 2007 181 Wine Cellars Lodi
Merlot! Originally grown in Bordeaux, this Merlot clone has adapted well to the red soil vineyards,
called Clay Station, in Lodi, California. The grapes produce a Bordeaux style Merlot wine whose
quality denies its modest price!
This wine is loaded with thick, rich black cherry fruit which explodes in your mouth with a silky feel
which does not let up until the next sip. Swirls of black currant and spice compliment the black cherry
taste, which flows into a rich and satisfying finish, abundant in smooth vanilla influenced tannins! The 181
begs to be paired with hearty meat dishes, and would be a perfect match for loin lamb chops marinated
in wine and garlic, cooked medium rare on the grill!
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