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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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94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Merlot is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Savory, aromatic and dense, the Merlot is a serious wine with a lot to offer. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, game, cedar and licorice all run through this super-expressive, nuanced Merlot. Time… ...
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PlumpJack Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#335720)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Merlot is just as gorgeous from bottle as it was from barrel. Savory, aromatic and dense, the Merlot is a serious wine with a lot to offer. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, game, cedar and licorice all run…

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: From the great vineyard site in Carneros, this 100% varietal wine from the site's oldest vines is earthy, rugged and generous in flavor, oak and heat, with a persistence of structure and tannin. It unfurls itself slowly to show succulent cassis, nutmeg, graphite and… ...
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Arietta Merlot Carneros Hudson Vineyards 2016  (#335773)

Merlot from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

94 points Wine Enthusiast: From the great vineyard site in Carneros, this 100% varietal wine from the site's oldest vines is earthy, rugged and generous in flavor, oak and heat, with a persistence of structure and tannin. It unfurls itself slowly to…

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91 points Wine Spectator: Rich, contoured and creamy, with blackberry, dark plum and dark currant flavors, filled with minerally accents. Savory details and notes of spice and dark chocolate emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,100 cases made. (11/15/19)” 77% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 8%… ...
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Chappellet Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#334787)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

91 points Wine Spectator: Rich, contoured and creamy, with blackberry, dark plum and dark currant flavors, filled with minerally accents. Savory details and notes of spice and dark chocolate emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,100 cases…

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90 points Wine Spectator: Features a savory edge to the mineral-inflected dried berry flavors, with a creamy richness. The finish offers white pepper notes that are backed by medium-grained tannins. Drink now. (10/31/19) ...
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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#334340)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

90 points Wine Spectator: Features a savory edge to the mineral-inflected dried berry flavors, with a creamy richness. The finish offers white pepper notes that are backed by medium-grained tannins. Drink now. (10/31/19)

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90 points Wine Spectator: Finely chiseled flavors of red currant, plum and dark cherry are matched to notes of cedar and sandalwood. Offers hints of dried green herbs and beef on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) ...
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Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2015  (#333295)

Merlot from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

90 points Wine Spectator: Finely chiseled flavors of red currant, plum and dark cherry are matched to notes of cedar and sandalwood. Offers hints of dried green herbs and beef on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18)

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81% Merlot, remainder Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Barrel aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak (30% new). Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with… ...
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The Prisoner Wine Co. Merlot Napa Valley Thorn 2015  (#333745)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

81% Merlot, remainder Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Barrel aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak (30% new). Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla,…

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100% Merlot. Lush and juicy, our 2015 Merlot offers fragrant, layered aromas of dark fruit, molasses, golden waffle and a hint of leather. Lush flavors of fresh berry preserves, white pepper and blackberry cobbler envelope the palate and give way to mouth-filling tannins. Culminating with a soft,… ...
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Peju Merlot Napa Valley 2015  (#335130)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

100% Merlot. Lush and juicy, our 2015 Merlot offers fragrant, layered aromas of dark fruit, molasses, golden waffle and a hint of leather. Lush flavors of fresh berry preserves, white pepper and blackberry cobbler envelope the palate and give way to…

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This lovely 2016 vintage aromatics are enough to keep you satisfied with only your nose in the glass. Overflowing with wild strawberry, blue and black berries, Lincoln rose, and just a tease of lilac- this wine continues to delight. Found amidst the fruit and florals are hints of light pepper and… ...
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Hagafen Merlot Napa Valley Coombsville 2016  (#334623)

Merlot from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

This lovely 2016 vintage aromatics are enough to keep you satisfied with only your nose in the glass. Overflowing with wild strawberry, blue and black berries, Lincoln rose, and just a tease of lilac- this wine continues to delight. Found amidst the…

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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later given… ...
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Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#332576)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer…

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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…

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