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The Messina family continues the ancient tradition of producing wines begun before 500 B.C. in the Peloponnesus of Greece and continued by Greek colonists in Italy. This 2002 varietal is derived from high benchland merlot grapes grown in the rich volcanic soil in the center of the prized Dry Creek Valley of California's Sonoma County where fine wines have been produced for over a century. The wine flavors compliment beef and lamb as well as pasta or pesto sauces and is equally at home with a variety of cheese dishes. It is ready for present drinking and shows promise of aging well.