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Merlot is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot an ideal grape to blend with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the most popular red wine varietals in the United States and Chile.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with Mexican foods and Indian coconut curries, as well as duck, rabbit and seafood. Try served with a barbecue picnic of hot dogs or hamburgers. Also great with Spaghetti Bolognese.
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Zayante Vineyards
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2001 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains

Aromas of cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate with hints of cedar define the wine. These highlights carry through to the palate where the flavors are intense and rich. This f ...moreull bodied wine has a very long lingering finish. The wine should age well for five to eight years. 14.0% alcohol by volume.

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Rutherford Hill Winery
CAW Rating: 94
2 reviews

2003 Merlot

Dark cherries, rich chocolate and a hint of oaky sweetness abound in this merlot. For anyone who doesn’t know this grape, a glass could be a mind-altering event. A stellar example ...moreof why Rutherford Hill is King of the Merlot world. Sufficient easy charms to work on its own as an aperitif; enough going on to complement a long list of edibles. More uses than a Swiss Army knife and much easier to operate. Enjoy!

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Sullivan Vineyards
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2003 Reserve Merlot

The 2003 vintage was relatively cool and spring was rainy. Two short but strong heat waves in September were followed by a gentle Indian summer that allowed the grapes to finish th ...moreeir maturation. This resulted in fresh and tannic wines that are close in style to classical Bordeaux wines.

The Reserve Merlot comes from a single block that has a fairly high clay content. The fruit is harvested and fermented separately. Our Reserve Merlot always comes from this block, it always produces our best merlot. The wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels on its lees and never racked. The lees coat the grape and oak tannins making the wine appear softer in its youth. It is an age worthy wine. With time it will show great purity, definition, complexity and finesse.

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Geyser Peak Winery
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2002 Merlot

This is a very fruit driven style typical of Merlot with lifted red cherry, raspberry and cola characters dominating but complemented by hints of spice, tobacco and cedary oak. The ...more palate is bright and lively with cherry and plum flavors following through to a finish of plush, velvety tannins.
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Tin Roof Wines
CAW Rating: 89
3 reviews

2005 Merlot

Our 2005 Merlot offers ripe, luscious black cherry and plum fruit aromas and flavors characteristic of the Merlot variety, enhanced by hints of tobacco, herbal spice and chocolate. ...more With smooth, supple tannins and a long, rich finish, it pairs especially well with grilled red meats, herb-roasted chicken, pork chops, red-sauced pastas and flavorful hard cheeses.
White Crane Winery
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2004 Merlot
Livermore Valley

2006 International Gold Medal Winner
Rich, dark color, with dark berry flavors and spice notes. Long lush finish. Limited production, will sell out quickly. Pair with a ...moreny meat dish or hearty fish. Chocolate and cheese work great too.
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DeRose Vineyard
CAW Rating: 96
1 reviews

2004 Moon Merlot

This limited production wine(only 100 cases produced)comes from the Moon Vineyard located in Carneros right on the Napa river. This outstanding fruit source produces merlot of exce ...moreptional quality with ripe jammy flavors, big, bold tannins and good acidity. This wine will cellar for several years or is ready with a few hours of decanting. Only 100 cases produced!
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Crane Family Vineyards & Winery
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Napa Valley Estate Merlot

The Merlot varietal dominated our early years of winemaking, and as such, is the variety we are most experienced with. We discovered early on that our vineyard has considerable pa ...morerallels to vineyards in the esteemed Pomerol region of Bordeaux, France and sought to emulate their style. Our winemaker, Alison Doran, has made wine in the very region that we consider our model. The result is that our Estate Merlot is a very serious wine, often tasting like a fruity, moderately tannic Cabernet. Ruby in color, it has aromas of oak, spice and dark cherries. The mouth fills with the taste of cherries, sassafras and bell pepper. A light spiciness is derived from bay leaf, growing on trees that line the western edge of the vineyard. The tannins are gentle and the finish is long and silky.Available in 750ml, magnums and 3.0Liter bottles
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Chateau Lasgoity Winery
CAW Rating: 95
1 reviews

2000 Merlot

The 2000 Merlot is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged 14 months in a blend of one-quarter American Oak barrels and three-quarters used French Oak b ...morearrels. The resulting wine is fruit forward with a light oak tannin finish. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif before dining or served with your favorite meal.
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Graeser Winery
CAW Rating: 53
2 reviews

2002 Two Dog Vineyard Merlot

The Two Dog Merlot is a dark ruby and purple wine with aromatic black cherry and dark chocolate nose. There is a nice richness, medium body with tons of cherry, currant fruit mixed ...more with dark toasty oak. Dress up a hearty weeknight meal or serve it with your best steaks or roast meats, the Two Dog is perfect for both settings. Extremely approachable wine now, it will age nicely for 3-5 years.
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Primus Vineyards
CAW Rating: 95
2 reviews

2005 Merlot

A relative newcomer to the California wine market, Merlot was originally used to enhance Cabernets. Soon winemakers discovered that a Merlot was fully capable of yielding a fine wi ...morene with an uncanny ability to age gracefully. Primus Vineyards has developed a dark, rich and strong merlot selection that has become a favorite among our customers.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards
CAW Rating: 78
1 reviews

2004 Merlot

The color of the 2004 Wetzel Family Estate Merlot is dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry and cassis fill the glass with nuances of vanilla and cedar. On the palate this wine is dee ...moreply flavored with a hefty core of fruit. Black and red fruits appear initially, followed by an integrated acid balance and velvety tannins. Great depth and length provides a cellar life of 10-12 years.

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2005 Los Osos Merlot
J. Lohr Estates

The 2005 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a dark red color with purple hues and good density. The aroma is dominated by fresh blueberry and boysenberry fruit and layered with li ...morefted spicy oak. The palate is greeted by an array of red fruits similar to those on the nose, with some cherry fruit thrown in for good measure. The wine has a full mid-palate and a firm finish that carries the wine through with a lingering hint of fruits and licorice spice. This wine would be ideal with barbeque meats and ribs dressed with your favorite sauce. Enjoy now or within ten years.

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Luna Vineyards
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2004 Arnold Palmer Chardonnay

For nearly 50 years, Arnold Palmer has commanded the spotlight with his pioneering vision for the game of golf and his involvement in the development of some of the most prestigiou ...mores golf courses in the world. Today he is collaborating with Luna Vineyards in expanding his portfolio of privately branded offerings to include Arnold Palmer Wines.

Toasty aromas of coconut, vanilla and warm spice greet the nose. On the palate, a burst of Meyer lemon evolves into tropical fruit flavors, a perfect balance between French Oak and mouthwatering acidity. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a hint of minerality lingers in the finish.

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Grey Fox Vineyards
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2003 Merlot

Soft and smooth is the best way to describe this young but very delightful Merlot. The grapes came from a premium vineyard in Mendocino where the climate is perfect for producing u ...moreltra-premium Merlot.

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Solune Winery
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2004 Merlot

Merlot used to be a favorite of Jacques' before its overwhelming popularity resulted in the over-production of generic & bland wines which lacked the personality that Merlots were ...moreonce famous for. Our Merlot is intended to set the record straight and show that this wine can indeed have a distinct, appealing, and interesting personality. On the intense nose, classical plum pudding aromas share the stage with toasty vanilla and nutmeg notes. In the balanced mouth, a medium but friendly tannin structure leads to a long spicy finish. This smooth wine can be enjoyed on its own but has enough oomph to hold its own with any red meat dish.

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Atalon Winery
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2002 Merlot
Napa Valley

The 2002 is deep purple in color with intense aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, ripe plums and blackberry. Herbal notes such as fresh basil, dried lavender, olives and whi ...morete pepper sit in the background adding depth and complexity. The tannins are firm yet smooth adding to a pleasant, lingering finish.

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Atalon Winery
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2002 Merlot
Keyes Vineyard

Rich plum and cherry fruit, dense, round and lush mouthfeel, great depth of flavor – fabulicious!

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Atalon Winery
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2002 Mountain Estates Merlot

Our Mountain Estates Merlot captures the bold expression of fruit farmed on mountain vineyard sites. The mountain mesoclimate, created by higher altitude, steep terrain and rocky s ...moreoils, restricts vine growth and naturally limits vigor. The vines yield fewer berry clusters which are smaller in size with thick skins and boast saturated, intense flavors.

This a serious Merlot that offers extreme drinking pleasure. It exhibits aromas of black fruit with mineral and smoky cedar spice notes. Rich and intense, the wine is framed by sturdy yet balanced tannins, lush viscosity and flavors of chocolate, black fruit and cherries with a hint of ripe plum in the background.

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Zucca Mountain Vineyards
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2003 Merlot

The ZMV Merlot is dry and fruity. It contains hints of berry, cherry, spice and earth. We have blended 4 additional varietals into this wine to give it a very special taste. This i ...mores a big wine with old world flavors and a good balance of body and tannins that goes well with steak and your heavier meals. Although we enjoy this wine now, you may lay it down for many years and it will continue to improve.

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CAW Rating: 100
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This mountain grown Merlot is deep in color with intense fruit flavors reminiscent of black cherries, currants, and black berries. On the palate it is rich and opulent, bursting with fruit, backed by chocolate and vanilla oak notes and round, chewy tannins. Though enjoyable now, this wine has the st ...

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