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Coloma Merlot Seleccion is a full and rich Merlot from the Spanish wine-growing region of Extremadura.
Bodegas Coloma is a family run wine estate located in Extremadura near the Portuguese border. The family has been making wine for over a century. Don Francisco Coloma began making wine in the late 19th century in Villanueva de los Infantes Valladolid in Castile y Leon. However it was his son, José Felix, who seeking warmer weather, moved to Extremadura. He settled in Alvarado on the banks of the Limonetes creek, a tributary of the Guadiana River, and planted his first vines. The wines of Extremadura are mainly drunk locally in Spain and precious little is sold for export. However, there are lots of undiscovered gems, like Bodegas Coloma in the region. In 1998 Coloma completely enlarged and modernised their cellars with the newest technology. Today the wine maker is Amelia Coloma who implements a program of sustainable viticulture. All grapes are harvested by hand into small plastic cases, to ensure the grapes reach the winery, a short distance away from the vineyard, in best condition.
Coloma Merlot Seleccion is 100% Merlot hand harvested from the estate’s Vina Amelia vineyard in late August – Coloma call this late harvested. Late harvesting the Merlot when it is at its peak ripeness helps to avoid any green character in the wine. The wine vinified and then aged for 6 months in American oak barrels.
Coloma Merlot Seleccion has bright and intense cherry red colour with purple mulberry undertones. Complex aromas of plum, cherries, chocolate and jam. Full bodied and velvety wine with sweet tannins and a smooth but long finish.
Drink with meat dishes, foie gras, stews, ham, blue cheese with nuts and desserts.