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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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Pollard Merlot Pollard Vineyard Yakima Valley 2017  (#334849)

Merlot from Yakima Valley, Washington

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2014  (#328960)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 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…

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88 points Wine Spectator: Sleek and zippy, with lively black cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec. ...
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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State The Velvet Devil 2016  (#334063)

Merlot from Washington

88 points Wine Spectator: Sleek and zippy, with lively black cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec.

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