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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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Leonetti Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2014  (#326151)

[ 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 fruit, you have to hunt for the tannin, but they re there; still, fruit and texture are the name of the game here. The baby fat should slowly melt away and it should have 15 years or more of longevity. Drink: 2016-2031. (Jun 2016) ] 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…

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99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power… ...
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Petrolo Galatrona 2015  (#332339)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

[ 99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power yet wonderful finesse and focus. Best ever. Drink from 2023 but already electrifying. (12/4/17) ] 99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting…

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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

[ 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, cedar, mint, cherries, cocoa and earth 109 cases made. Barrel aged 22 months in French oak (35% new). Alcohol 14.3%. ] 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…

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100% Merlot. This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and slight chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel with flavors of cherry, blackberry, cassis, plum… ...
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot Alexander Valley 2016  (#332610)

Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 100% Merlot. This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and slight chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel with flavors of cherry, blackberry, cassis, plum and chocolate. This is a big, nicely balanced wine with chewy tannins on the long finish. Barrel aged 12 months in French and American oak (25% new). Try with lamb chops, prime rib, steaks and veal chops. Alcohol 14.0%. ] 100% Merlot. This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and slight chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel…

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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

[ 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) ] 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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88 points Wine Spectator: A zesty Merlot, with lively blueberry aromas and a whiff of mint that opens to sturdy blackberry, cedar and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. (5/31/18) ...
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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State The Velvet Devil 2015  (#331524)

Merlot from Washington

[ 88 points Wine Spectator: A zesty Merlot, with lively blueberry aromas and a whiff of mint that opens to sturdy blackberry, cedar and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. (5/31/18) ] 88 points Wine Spectator: A zesty Merlot, with lively blueberry aromas and a whiff of mint that opens to sturdy blackberry, cedar and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. (5/31/18)

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93 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby color; very attractive, deep, intense, rich, ripe, cedary, dark cherry, cranberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and mocha; full body; deep, rich, layered, red and black fruit flavors with well… ...
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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2015  (#331865)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

[ 93 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby color; very attractive, deep, intense, rich, ripe, cedary, dark cherry, cranberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and mocha; full body; deep, rich, layered, red and black fruit flavors with well integrated oak, a hint of dark chocolate, and some plushness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste... blended with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Petit Verdot, and 0.5% Cabernet Franc... (Aug 2018) ] 93 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby color; very attractive, deep, intense, rich, ripe, cedary, dark cherry, cranberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and mocha; full body; deep, rich…

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92 points Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel): A stellar Pacific Northwest version with bright plum and berry fruit; elegant, rich and showing hints of vanilla oak; deep and balanced with lovely structure and nice length. (Jan/Feb 2017) ...
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Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2012  (#328462)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

[ 92 points Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel): A stellar Pacific Northwest version with bright plum and berry fruit; elegant, rich and showing hints of vanilla oak; deep and balanced with lovely structure and nice length. (Jan/Feb 2017) ] 92 points Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel): A stellar Pacific Northwest version with bright plum and berry fruit; elegant, rich and showing hints of vanilla oak; deep and balanced with lovely structure and nice length. (Jan/Feb 2017)

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with a silky texture. Alcohol 14.5%. (Dec 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2015  (#331825)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

[ 90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with a silky texture. Alcohol 14.5%. (Dec 2017) ] 90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with…

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Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and firm tannins. The finish is complex and spicy.… ...
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Textbook Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#331778)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

[ Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and firm tannins. The finish is complex and spicy. Alcohol 13.2%. ] Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and…

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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

[ 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) ] 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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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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RP 93
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Keenan Merlot Spring Mountain District Mailbox Vineyard Reserve 2014  (#332577)

Merlot from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California

[ 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 Mailbox Vineyard emerges from estate vineyards on Spring Mountain. Drink: 2019-2034. (Dec 2016) ] 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.…

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