If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Deal from Griffith & Asher Integrated Solutions; for N9000 instead of N11400, get a Three Bottle Case of Noble Hill Red Wines (2008 Merlot).
In their excellent Merlot bottles, Noble Hill strives for a balance between deep, luscious flavors and austere, elegant structure. This yields a wine which is ready to compete in the big leagues and breaks the traditional conception of Merlot as an also-ran. Fermented on the skins, the wine is gently pressed and left to 225 liter French oak barriques for 14 months. It is racked twice during this period, and ultimately bottled with minimal intervention. The result is a deep, clear color with intense aromas of black cherry, dried plum, and spice. The palette is focused with lingering black fruit and sweet caramel derived from oak contact. This wine can be enjoyed with meaty dishes, and of course, at best with friends.