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MERLOT

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions. While Merlot is made across the globe, there tends to be two main styles. The "International style" favored by many New World wine regions tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. While this international style is practiced by many Bordeaux wine producers, the traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.

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  • AMUSE BOUCHE 2012 PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY 1.5L

    Item #: 282801
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

    ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "The 2012 Amuse Bouche Napa Vall...

    A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

    ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "The 2012 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Wine is dark, supple and expressive, with lovely mid-palate pliancy, depth and resonance. Silky tannins support a super expressive, nuanced finish laced with hints of dark red cherry and plum."
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  • ANCIENT PEAKS 2014 MERLOT PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 211250
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Merlot excels at Ancient Peaks' estate Margarita Vineyard and has been a mainstay in their small family of wines since day one. Here, ancient sea b...
    Merlot excels at Ancient Peaks' estate Margarita Vineyard and has been a mainstay in their small family of wines since day one. Here, ancient sea bed soils combine with a long growing season to yield a Merlot with silky dark fruit flavors and a luscious texture, resulting in what has become one of the Paso Robles region’s most notable Merlots. Ancient Peaks blends fruit from three different Merlot blocks that exhibit a range of distinct qualities, bringing added natural complexity and dimension to the finished wine. These blocks are situated along the slopes of an uplifted ancient sea bed, where the well-drained, calcium-rich soils are distinguished by decomposing oyster fossils.

    Ancient Peaks' aim is to capture the signature velvety fruit character of Merlot while showcasing the fine structure inherent to Margarita Vineyard. After destemming, the lots were cold soaked for 72 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of initial color and flavor. After fermentation and light pressing, the lots were aged for 20 months in a combination of French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels, 25 percent of which featured new oak.

    The 2014 Merlot delivers rich black and red fruit aromas with intriguing hints of cedar, mocha and eucalyptus. The palate is juicy and rounded, offering a flavor tapestry of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and brown spice. Firm tannins and luscious acidity take this Merlot to the next level, finishing with a refined heft that is rooted in its Margarita Vineyard terroir.
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  • APOTHIC 14 PROPRIETARY RED

    Item #: 253710
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Inspired by the Apotheca, a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red offers a truly unique wine exper...
    Inspired by the Apotheca, a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red offers a truly unique wine experience. This masterful blend of flavorful Syrah, rich Zinfandel, and smooth Merlot reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of blackberry and dark cherry layered with hints of mocha, chocolate and brown spice. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.
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  • ARIETTA 2013 MERLOT "HUDSON VINEYARD" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 201230
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Vinous Media: 96
    ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - "Once again, I was quite taken with Fritz Hatton's Arietta. The wines are made in small ...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - "Once again, I was quite taken with Fritz Hatton's Arietta. The wines are made in small quantities and are available only in a few markets, but from a purely qualitative perspective, they are as good as anything being made in Napa Valley today. Sadly, rarely I hear any buzz about Arietta, and that is a shame, as the wines are gorgeous and distinctive. Winemaker Andy Erickson has done a terrific job with these new and upcoming releases."

    "The 2013 Merlot Hudson Vineyard emerges from the oldest vines in Lee Hudson's famous Carneros vineyard. Deep, rich and unctuous, yet impeccably balanced throughout, the 2013 is a real head-turner. Layers of fruit open up in a distinctive, Merlot endowed with real depth and personality. The 2013 is even better from bottle than it was from barrel."

    ROBERT PARKER 94 POINTS - "From the famed Hudson Vineyard, the 2013 Merlot tips the scales at nearly 15% alcohol and shows beautiful dark raspberry, chocolate and berry fruit, a lush, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity and exceptional balance. There is not a trace of heat in the long, lusty hedonistic finish. Drink it over the next 10-15 years."
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  • BARLOW 2010 MERLOT NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 202440
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Barlow vineyard is on the Silverado Trail, 2 miles south of Calistoga. This 100% Merlot drinks like a softer Cabernet Sauvignon as it shares simila...
    Barlow vineyard is on the Silverado Trail, 2 miles south of Calistoga. This 100% Merlot drinks like a softer Cabernet Sauvignon as it shares similar flavors: black cherries, cocoa, espresso, black currents and licorice. Soft and pliant like a good Merlot. The finish is strong, darker and quite creamy.
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  • BLANKIET 2011 PROPRIETARY RED "RIVE DROITE" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 206790
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 93
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "Claude and Katherine Blankiet spared no expense in making the best 2011s possible, and ...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "Claude and Katherine Blankiet spared no expense in making the best 2011s possible, and the results bear that out. Readers might enjoy this video, which was shot during the 2011 harvest. Among the 2011s, I can't ignore the entry-level Prince of Hearts, which is one of the best Napa Valley wines in its price range. Overall, the 2011s are delicate, perfumed and impeccably balanced. The 2012s are also fabulous - readers may wish to watch videos from the archive of the 2012 harvest and a tasting of the 2012s shortly after bottling. Blankiet fans will note a new wine, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus, which may become a permanent addition. I also had a chance to taste a few 2013s from tank. The transformation that has taken place at Blankiet over the last few years under the direction of Denis and May-Britt Malbec is remarkable.

    "The Merlot-based 2011 Rive Droite Paradise Hills Vineyard is one of the silkiest, most polished wines readers will find in this vintage. A sweet, intensely floral, Pinot-inflected bouquet melds into small red berries, flowers, mint, licorice and spices. The style is medium-bodied and supremely graceful, with layers of fruit that flesh out beautifully in the glass. Violets, lavender and rose petals linger on the sublime, layered finish. The 2011 has really come together nicely since I last tasted it this past Spring. The blend is 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc."
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  • BONTERRA 12 MERLOT ORGANIC

    Item #: 205840
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    What is Bonterra wine? It’s a family of bright, fresh and balanced varietals just as they’re meant to be. Our organic growing approach creates grap...
    What is Bonterra wine? It’s a family of bright, fresh and balanced varietals just as they’re meant to be. Our organic growing approach creates grapes that are pure, vibrant and intense in flavor. This provides our winemakers with the very best fruit from which to work. From there it is simply about delivering the best expression of that fruit from our vines to your glass.
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  • BOOMTOWN 2014 MERLOT WASHINGTON STATE 750mL

    Item #: 201240
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes: "Washington State Merlot is phenomenal! The palate is filled with cherries and dusty malted-chocolate. Mouth coating tan...
    Winemaker's Notes: "Washington State Merlot is phenomenal! The palate is filled with cherries and dusty malted-chocolate. Mouth coating tannins make it a great wine for big, flavorful foods."
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  • BROWNE 2012 MERLOT COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 202550
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Ripe fresh black fig and Santa Rosa plum aromatics introduce exuberant brambly notes of boysenberry and mixed berry flavors. Soft smoky, toasty nu...
    Ripe fresh black fig and Santa Rosa plum aromatics introduce exuberant brambly notes of boysenberry and mixed berry flavors. Soft smoky, toasty nuances unfold as the wine remains open. A lingering, spiced plum chutney finish is backed by toasted oak notes.
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  • BROWNE 2013 PROPRIETARY RED "TRIBUTE" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 202520
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A blend of 38% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Syrah, the 2013 Browne Family ...
    A blend of 38% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% malbec, 11% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Syrah, the 2013 Browne Family 'Tribute' Red Blend is a silky red blend that offers big fruit flavors and well-integrated, velvety tannins. Aromatics of pipe tobacco, leather and dark fruit layer with ripe boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. The finish lingers with blackberry jam and toasty, graphite back notes. Pair with rosemary and peppercorn-crusted pork loin, lamb burgers or a grilled Portobello sandwich.

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  • CADUCEUS 2012 PROPRIETARY RED "IL CORTIGIANE ONESTE" NEW MEXICO 750mL

    Item #: 208020
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is the 3rd release of this 50/50 Barbera/Merlot blend. Medium- to full-bodied, this vintage boasts nuances of cedar, spice, violet, pl...
    This is the 3rd release of this 50/50 Barbera/Merlot blend. Medium- to full-bodied, this vintage boasts nuances of cedar, spice, violet, plum and black cherry. Very old world palate. High acid, bright red fruit, dried cranberries, solid structured light bodied Italian style red perfect for pasta.
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  • CAKEBREAD 2012 MERLOT NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 207510
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Eighty percent of the grapes for Cakebread's 2012 Napa Valley Merlot came from their estate Suscol Springs Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, a vin...
    Eighty percent of the grapes for Cakebread's 2012 Napa Valley Merlot came from their estate Suscol Springs Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, a vineyard planted primarily to Bordeaux varieties and featuring a hilly topography, rocky, well-drained soils, and a desirable southern exposure. Because Suscol Springs is a cool, windy site, it fosters bright acidity in the grapes, lifting the flavors of Merlot and providing excellent structure for aging.

    This 2012 Napa Valley Merlot immediately captures attention with its perfumed black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas, which are nicely complemented by hints of mineral and dried herbs. Boasting considerable depth and concentration on the palate, the wine offers rich, vibrant, dark cherry and plum flavors, with notes of sage, tea-leaf spice and a flinty minerality adding zest to the long, cherry-laced finish. Immensely appealing now, this fragrant, delicious merlot will profit from another 5-7 years’ aging.
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  • CANNONBALL 2014 MERLOT SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 208230
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This vintage comes from Cannonball's estate vineyard, Adam and Eve, in the Northern Russian River Valley, as well as some favorite vineyards in Son...
    This vintage comes from Cannonball's estate vineyard, Adam and Eve, in the Northern Russian River Valley, as well as some favorite vineyards in Sonoma Valley. Fermentation was controlled with a cold soak prior to yeast inoculation and draining and pressing at 2 Brix prior to seed tannin extraction. The 2014 is 91% Merlot blended with small amounts of Petite Sirah and Syrah for complexity.

    The aroma of the wine shows fresh huckleberries, light brown spice and nuances of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with classic Bordeaux proportions, wonderful concentration, with flavors of cherry, rich chocolate and spiced cake. The wine finishes with perfectly balanced texture and flavor and a refreshing brightness. Enjoy with red meats, duck and pasta with rich sauces.
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  • CHATEAU STE MICHELLE 2011 MERLOT "COLD CREEK" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 257570
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Cold Creek’s 40-year-old vines deliver a big, bold, brooding Merlot. This rich Merlot is loaded with plum, cherry and dark fruit flavors with hints...
    Cold Creek’s 40-year-old vines deliver a big, bold, brooding Merlot. This rich Merlot is loaded with plum, cherry and dark fruit flavors with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. This is our most intense and concentrated Merlot with great ageability.
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  • CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE 2013 MERLOT "INDIAN WELLS" COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 274833
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a f...
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full-bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!"
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  • CLOS DU BOIS 2013 MERLOT NORTH COAST 750mL

    Item #: 211400
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Ripe, juicy and easy to drink, with black raspberry, spice and toasty vanilla notes and soft, supple flavors.
    Ripe, juicy and easy to drink, with black raspberry, spice and toasty vanilla notes and soft, supple flavors.
  • CLOS DU VAL 2012 MERLOT NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 211890
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 91
    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - " A silky red with black olive, mushroom and berry character. Full and extremely ...
    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - " A silky red with black olive, mushroom and berry character. Full and extremely soft with velvety texture. Shows beautiful length and finesse. Drink or hold."
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  • CLOS PEGASE 2013 MERLOT "MITSUKO'S" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: 212350
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Our 2013 Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot is an exotic and complex wine possessing aromas of blackberry liqueur, cherry pie and wild violets enhanced by n...
    Our 2013 Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot is an exotic and complex wine possessing aromas of blackberry liqueur, cherry pie and wild violets enhanced by nuances of fresh pipe tobacco, incense, cinnamon spice and slate. The wine fills the mouth with broad and complex fruit flavors counterbalanced by a round structure, substantial mid-palate volume and a lengthy mineral-driven finish.
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  • COPPOLA 2013 MERLOT DIAMOND

    Item #: 212760
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The growing season was long and cool, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine and mature longer. As a result, this Merlot exhibits exceptional co...
    The growing season was long and cool, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine and mature longer. As a result, this Merlot exhibits exceptional concentration and a beautiful, lengthy finish. To enrich the color, small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah are blended in. Then, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels, which lend lovely notes of sweet vanilla to this elegant, full-bodied Merlot.
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  • CRANE LAKE 14 ME 750

    Item #: 275128
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • DARIOUSH 2013 MERLOT "SIGNATURE" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 214720
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Darioush Merlot's possesses alluring fragrances of lavender, plum and incense introduce the sleek and statured 2013 Signature Merlot. A juicy core ...
    Darioush Merlot's possesses alluring fragrances of lavender, plum and incense introduce the sleek and statured 2013 Signature Merlot. A juicy core of black cherry, blackberry liqueur, dried raspberry and anise are framed by earth-laden notes of cola bean, graphite and pipe tobacco. Hints of cocoa dust, cinnamon and ground espresso caress the finish. Lent by a significant contribution of mountain-side fruit, its structure and remarkable finely knit, ripe tannins reveal the age-worthiness of this elegant Merlot from a superlative vintage.
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  • DEOVLET 2012 PROPRIETARY RED "SONNY BOY" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 215500
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 90
    A blend of 68% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot.

    ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS MEDIA 90 POINTS...

    A blend of 68% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot.

    ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS MEDIA 90 POINTS - "(aged for 22 months in French oak, 40% new): Opaque ruby. Powerful, oak-accented aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries, with tobacco and musky herb nuances adding complexity. Supple and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering smoky cherry-vanilla and blackcurrant flavors and a kick of cracked pepper. Shows very good energy on the finish, which features supple tannins and an echo of smoky, cedary oak. A little air helps the lumber come into harmony with the wine's juicy dark fruit."
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  • DRY CREEK 2012 MERLOT DRY CREEK VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 216660
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This beautiful Dry Creek Valley Merlot begins with ripe blackberry and currant aromas with a trace of vanilla. On the palate, a broad and expansive...
    This beautiful Dry Creek Valley Merlot begins with ripe blackberry and currant aromas with a trace of vanilla. On the palate, a broad and expansive tapestry of flavors reveals black cherry, cassis, and dark chocolate, layered with chewy tannins. The finish remains textured and rich, but has a softer edge that expresses tremendous length and balance. For most folks, Merlot is "persona non-grata," however, don't overlook this gem - this truly is a Merlot for Cabernet lovers!
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  • DUCKHORN 12 ME NAPA ( 3.L )

    Item #: 217172
    Bottle Size: 3L

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