Merlot

Merlot is a darkly blue-coloured wine grape, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to derive from the Old French word for young blackbird, merlot, a diminutive of merle, the blackbird (Turdus merula), probably from the color of the grape. 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 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 in Bordeaux wine where it is the most widely planted grape. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties. As of 2004, Merlot was estimated to be the third most grown variety at 260,000 hectares (640,000 acres) globally, with an increasing trend. This puts Merlot just behind Cabernet Sauvignon's 262,000 hectares (650,000 acres).


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Amuse Bouche 05 Merlot Magnum (Signed)

Amuse Bouche 05 Merlot Magnum (Signed)

Collectible wine and collectible art come together to create Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot, a joint wine venture with Heidi Barrett and John Schwartz. This Pomerol-style Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend is made from some of the best grape sources in the Napa Valley. Amuse Bouche wine aspires to rival its greatest cross-Atlantic counterparts, such as Chateau Petrus and Chateau Le Pin. As winemaker for several of the hottest cult wines in California,...
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Amuse Bouche 2014 Proprietary Red 750 ml, Estate Napa Valley

Amuse Bouche 2014 Proprietary Red 750 ml, Estate Napa Valley

Amuse Bouche 2014 Proprietary Red 750 ml, Estate Napa Valley Winemaker notes: "The Amuse Bouche 2014 is a slightly different blend than its predecessors. From the Amuse Bouche Estate vineyards in the eastern hills of Rutherford, the blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc makes this vintage a bit more robust on the palate, while retaining its acclaimed finesse and elegance. Robert Parker 94 Points (2013): " Lastly, the flagship wine...
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Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley - 96 Points

Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley - 96 Points

Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley 96 Points Retail 110.00 - GGWC 99.99   The Story: Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is...
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Coho 2013 Merlot "Michael Black", Napa Valley

Coho 2013 Merlot "Michael Black", Napa Valley

FREE SHIPPING on 6 or MORE! (mix & match with other Coho ~ Use COHO upon check out This might be the best Merlot Coho has produced yet to date.  A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the great Michael Black vineyard in Coombsville (which is now officially an Appellation).   On the nose this wine shows of its great character immediately.  One is greeted by lush...
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Jules 2013 Melange (Red Blend), Napa Valley

Jules 2013 Melange (Red Blend), Napa Valley

FREE SHIPPING on 10 or more  – use code JULES13  upon checkout Chris Corley is a Monticello winery descendant and of course he was set out to make wine.  He did not always agree with the family practice and decided with the help of his wife “Jules” to create the Jules and Barrelhead winery. The Jules wines are well-made Napa Valley blends in the $30.00 range!  This small production of 52 % Cabernet Franc,...
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Kapcsandy 2013 Roberta's Reserve - 100 POINTS

Kapcsandy 2013 Roberta's Reserve - 100 POINTS

100 points - Robert Parker "At 100% Merlot, the 2013 Merlot Roberta’s Reserve is off the charts and could easily eclipse a great vintage of Pétrus in a blind tasting. Fabulous notes of sweet cocoa and chocolate intermixed with black cherry and blackberry soar from the glass of this full-bodied wine that has a deep, rich, profound core of fruit and density. It is a great example of possibly the finest vintage Napa has ever...
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Kenefick Ranch 2013 Merlot, Estate Napa Valley

Kenefick Ranch 2013 Merlot, Estate Napa Valley

Kenefick Ranch 2013  Merlot, Estate Napa Valley   RP: "The Kenefick Ranch Merlot (85% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) also received the unfined and unfiltered treatment after 18 months in new French oak. This is a powerful, chunky Merlot with loads of chocolate, black fruits and spice. It cuts a broad swath across the palate, has low acidity, generous fruit, full body and light tannin. Drink it over the next...
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Leonetti 2015 Merlot, Walla Walla (WA)

Leonetti 2015 Merlot, Walla Walla (WA)

Winemaker Notes: " This 100% Merlot pours inky into the glass. The nose is deep and intricate with top note florals lifting it higher as it opens. Tightly focused, the wine saturates the palate with dense blue and black fruits that linger endlessly. An immensely pleasurable wine, it possesses all the attributes that make Walla Walla one of the world’s premier places to grow Merlot."
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Lewis Cellars 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley

Lewis Cellars 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley

Lewis Cellars 2014 Merlot, Napa Valley   Winery Notes: "In his '56 hit recording of "Blueberry Hill," Fats Domino could have been singing about our 2014 Merlot - a dream girl of perfumey fruits and cedary-oak spices. Fleshy, polished and ripe with plenty of youthful drive the wine is beautifully balanced, finishing with long, supple legs.  175 cases produced"   Also check out:  LEWIS CELLARS 2014...
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O'Shaughnessy 2013 Merlot - 92 Points

O'Shaughnessy 2013 Merlot - 92 Points

O'Shaughnessy 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley Robert Parker 92 Points: " A chunky 100% Merlot, the 2013 offers gorgeous toffee, black cherry and mocha notes as well as some chocolate. It has beautiful density, a plump, corpulent, medium to full-bodied texture, and a luscious finish. This is a sexpot of a Merlot fruit bomb to drink over the next 8-10 years."
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Paloma 2012 Merlot Estate, Spring Mountain

Paloma 2012 Merlot Estate, Spring Mountain

Paloma 2012 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa  Retail 62.00 – GGWC 59.99 Paloma  has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts , Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers of intensity,...
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Paloma 2013 Merlot "Estate" Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

Paloma 2013 Merlot "Estate" Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

Paloma 2013 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley Retail 62.00 – GGWC 59.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more ~ Use code PALOMA upon checkout   The Story :  Barbara and Jim Richards always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, they were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home and decided to start looking for a small property in the...
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Robert Foley 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley

Robert Foley 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley

Robert Foley 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley Robert Parker : "A hundred percent Merlot, the 2013 Merlot comes from both Calistoga and Howell Mountain. Aged 18 months in French oak, this is a good, chunky, chocolaty style of Merlot, with some coffee bean notes, underbrush, as well as plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit in a fleshy, succulent style. Drink it over the next 7-8 years."   Winemaker Notes : "A Merlot for...
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Switchback Ridge 2014 Cabernet "Estate" Napa Valley

Switchback Ridge 2014 Cabernet "Estate" Napa Valley

The Story:    It started in 1914 when Eliza & Pads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibiton in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orhard, large vegetable garden and also hosted  numerous farm animals.  Not until the 1990s was the orchard replaced by vines again. The current Peterson generation...
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Switchback Ridge 2014 Merlot "Estate" Napa Valley

Switchback Ridge 2014 Merlot "Estate" Napa Valley

FREE SHIPPING on 6, use code SWITCHBACK @ checkout I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2014 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce low yields of intensely flavored...
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Textbook 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

Textbook 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

FREE SHIPING on 12, use code TEXT15 @ checkout (OK to mix & match)   The Story : Originally brought to the United States in the 1850’s from Pomerol by Antoine Delmas, Merlot is, at its best, a textured wine capable of great power and elegance. This Merlot comes from three blocks located within the famed Napa Valley AVA. Each site brings unique attributes and adds complexity. These sites showcase diverse gravelly and loam soils....
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Y. Rousseau 2013 Merlot 'Pépé' Cavedale Vineyard, Moon Mt District Sonoma

Y. Rousseau 2013 Merlot 'Pépé' Cavedale Vineyard, Moon Mt District Sonoma

Y. Rousseau 2013 Merlot 'Pépé' Cavedale Vineyard, Moon Mt District Sonoma Winery Tasting Notes : "This is an uncommon Merlot of exceptional intensity and purity built with harmonious balance and structure. The nose is crowded with sugarplums, violet petals and a freshly opened pack of fig newtons. The flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie slip into blueberries dusted in fine black pepper. The aromas and flavors...
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