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Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins per unit volume. It normally ripens up to two weeks earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. Also compared to Cabernet, Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid, which lends it to use as a blending grape for the purpose of balancing a wine's texture and structure. While Merlot is made across the globe, there tends to be two main styles.

The New World or modern style favored by many 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. This profile is typical to Merlot grown in warmer climates, such as Napa Valley. It is also widely planted throughout Washington's Columbia Valley AVA but has earned particular notice from plantings grown in Walla Walla, Red Mountain, and the Horse Heaven Hills. Washington Merlots are noted for their deep color and balanced acidity. The state's climate lends itself towards long days and hours of sunshine with cool nights that contributes to a significant diurnal temperature variation and produces wines with New World fruitiness and Old World structure. A hallmark of Washington Merlot is a savory leather and cocoa profile, in addition to the red fruits. Meanwhile, the grape is finding some success in South America, as well, most notably in Chile's Apalta and Aconcagua regions.

While this international style is practiced by many Bordeaux wine producers, the traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that display fresh, red fruit flavors like raspberries, strawberries, and red plum. Occasionally leafy, vegetal notes will remain present, but the Merlot-based wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank communes often display a mineral and graphite character that emphasizes the limestone bases of these soils. The grape achieves its pinnacle of expression in these regions as the principal component in some of the world's rarest, most expensive wines, such as Château Ausone, Angelus, and Château Pétrus.

A large portion of Merlot is planted in the Friuli wine region of Italy, where it is made as a varietal or sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. In other parts of Italy, such as the Maremma coast in Tuscany, it is often blended with Sangiovese to give the wine a similar softening effect as the Bordeaux blends. Italian Merlots are often characterized by their light bodies and herbal notes, and the grape's naturally low acidity serves as a balance for the higher acidity in many Italian wine grapes, especially in the Veneto, Alto Adige and Umbria. Global warming is potentially having an influence on Italian Merlot as more cooler-climate regions in northern Italy are being able to ripen the grape successfully while other regions already planted are encountering issues with over-ripeness.

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93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): A soft, sexy and luxuriously textured red, the 2014 Walla Walla Merlot (there s 6% Cabernet Franc in the blend) is loaded with perfectly ripe notes of black currants, lead pencil shavings, charred earth and chocolate. Full-bodied and possessing a wealth of… ...

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99 points James Suckling: Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. It changes all the time and is very complex with hints of meat. On the palate it's full-bodied and very well refined, showing wonderful tannin tension and polished texture. It… ...

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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2013  (#325944)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 8 available
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89 points Wine Spectator: Well-built and focused, with aromas of currant and dusty tomato leaf and trim flavors of red plum, sage and cedar. Drink now through 2026. (11/30/16) ...

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Matanzas Creek Merlot Sonoma County 2013  (#327895)

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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The Seven Sons Vineyards Mountain Lion Merlot is roaring with flavors of blueberry, blackberry, plum and spice. This is a classic Bordeaux wine with an enticing blue-black color, soft tannins with undertones of coco and vanilla. The wine is rich and plush in the mouth and delivers a lingering finish… ...

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Seven Sons Merlot Los Angeles County Mountain Lion 2012  (#327669)

Merlot from Malibu Coast, South Coast, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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88 points Wine Spectator: Polished, fresh and inviting, with pretty currant and floral flavors, wrapped in a velvety texture as the finish lingers gently. Drink now. (12/31/16) ...

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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State The Velvet Devil 2014  (#330085)

Merlot from Washington

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available

This wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs. On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a… ...

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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2015  (#331865)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

98 points James Suckling: Aromas of blueberries, violets and roses turn to black truffles. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and great length. So gorgeous and persistent. It goes on for minutes. (11/9/16) ...

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto 2013  (#330337)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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100% Merlot. The 2013 Merlot is delightful. It carries full bodied cherry, plum and cassis notes with overtones of raspberry/blackberry and baking spices. For a Merlot it is remarkably structured and shows an elegant, long lingering finish. Aromatics are fresh with captivating scents of cassis,… ...

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Rubissow Merlot Napa Valley Mt. Veeder 2013  (#329127)

Merlot from Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is plump, juicy and inviting. Dark stone fruit, tobacco and leather are sketched in broad strokes. Pliant and open-knit, the 2014 will drink well pretty much upon release. This, too, is very nicely done. The Merlot Reserve… ...

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Keenan Merlot Spring Mountain District Mailbox Vineyard Reserve 2014  (#332577)

Merlot from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available

92 points Wine Spectator: Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (11/30/17) ...

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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#331759)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

375ml Half Bottle | In stock, 6 available

91-94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Merlot Blueline has turned out nicely. A bit more reticent than it was last year, the 2014 offers pretty aromatic nuance in its scents of tobacco, savory herbs and spice. Dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec add complexity throughout.… ...

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Hourglass Merlot Napa Valley Blueline 2014  (#326673)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
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La Croix is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. It highlights the fresh wild berry fruits of the region married to a firm minerality that provides structure and discipline to the wine. Vines are integrated with nature symbiotically at Commanderie de Peyrassol, both by the preservation… ...

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Peyrassol Vin de Pays Portes de la Mediterranee La Croix 2015  (#328271)

Merlot from Provence, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
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