Easy to drink. The softness of Merlot has made it an "introducing" wine for new red-wine drinkers. Food pairings: any will do. Districts: a key player in the Bordeaux blend, merlot is now also grown in Italy, Romania, California, Washington State, Chile, Australia, etc. It is the fourth wine grape variety in terms of coverage worldwide (after sultanine blanche, airen blanc, and grenache noir). Typical taste in varietal wine: typical scents include blackcherry, plums and herbal flavors. The texture is round but a middle palate gap is common. The Merlot type of wine is less tannic (rough) than Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  1. Steelhead Merlot

    Steelhead Merlot


    A delectable warm biscuit aroma announces this hand-crafted Chardonnay. Vanilla and pie crust notes are coaxed from the oaked portion of the blend, while the tank ferment preserves lovely pear and white flower. The medium-bodied palate follows with green apple and crisp acidity. A very long finish offers an elegant lift of minerality. Learn More
  2. Robert Mondavi Merlot

    Robert Mondavi Merlot


    Deliciously true to the variety, it weaves together a rich and complex array of concentrated black and red berries, dusty earth and a hint of fresh herbs, rounded by a sweet underpinning of mocha-tinged toasty oak. It fleshes out steadily in the glass, and lingers, revealing even more layers of lush, ripe cherry and plummy fruit supported by firm, fine-grained tannins and a refreshing acidity. Learn More
  3. FoxHorn Merlot

    FoxHorn Merlot


    Aromas of dried dark fruit medium body and a spicy cherry jam and nut finish in this delicious red. Not quite as dark as most Merlots, but with blackberry undertones. Learn More
  4. Clos Du Bois Merlot

    Clos Du Bois Merlot


    Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, spice and sweet tobacco. The toasty oak flavor integrates with black cherry and chocolate in this popular Merlot. Learn More
  5. 2011 Crosby Merlot

    2011 Crosby Merlot


    Crosby wines are all about great quality at a value price. With the help of experienced vineyard managers and grape growers from around California we seek out the best sources for Merlot in each vintage. Our sources for grapes and winemakers remain anonymous for Crosby, but our standards stay at the highest level to bring the best value into the market from California Learn More
  6. 2014 Barkan Classic Merlot

    2014 Barkan Classic Merlot


    Dark cherry, plum and cassis flavors, with rich cinnamon, herb and coffee notes. Learn More
  7. Barkan Merlot Israel

    Barkan Merlot Israel


    The grapes used to produce this exceptional Merlot were hand selected from Barkan's vineyards located in the northern Galil region. This Merlot has a deep ruby color with an extremely rich and full character. With its bouquet of ripe cherries, fresh peppers, and velvety soft tannins, Barkan Classic Merlot complements pasta or meat dishes as well as cheese. Learn More
  8. 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red

    14 Hands Hot To Trot Red


    This polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. Flavors of cherries, ripe berries and plums, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice on a persistent finish. Comprised of mostly Merlot and Syrah. Learn More
  9. The Velvet Devil Merlot

    The Velvet Devil Merlot


    Balanced, rich and explosive. Think red plums and bittersweet cocoa with hints of smoke and cedar. So smooth, so naughty, and so very, very nice. Learn More
  10. McManis Merlot

    McManis Merlot


    This medium-bodied wine has bold aromas of black pepper, tobacco and clove that merge with straightforward cherry and herb flavors for a nicely complex profile. It has way more depth and interest than the price tag would suggest. Learn More
  11. The Boatman Red Wine

    The Boatman Red Wine


    California is good at making inexpensive red wine blends that taste like melted jello, but rarely do these wines possess much in the way of character. The Boatman is the bomb man! Holy smokes is this supremely delicious and super drinkable. The rare Alicante Bouschet grape, known for being one of the few red wine grapes that has red juice, leads the darkly-hued charge. Malbec and Merlot add to the saturated color profile while giving it smooth edges and extra berry punch. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah add a little dust and grip to this tasty, ultra-satisfying blend. An all purpose, all star California wine for just about any occasion. Learn More
  12. Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013

    Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013


    This medium-bodied merlot delivers aromas of spice and blackberry with the perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry notes on the palate. The complex flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. This Merlot would pair excellent with grilled salmon, roasted lamb, wild game, and balsamic or tomato-based sauces. Learn More
  13. Folie A Deux Merlot Sonoma
  14. Decoy Merlot Sonoma 2013

    Decoy Merlot Sonoma 2013


    For more than three decades, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting exceptional Napa Valley Merlot reflecting the rich diversity of the valley’s many appellations Drawing on our winemaking team’s expertise working with this varietal, Decoy Sonoma County Merlot is a lush and inviting wine highlighting the elegance of the varietal from another exceptional growing region. Learn More
  15. Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous

    Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous


    70% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Syrah, including fruit from Pasanau's youngest vines in La Morera. Aged in third- and fourth-year French and American oak from four to six months according to variety. Learn More
  16. Bedell Merlot

    Bedell Merlot


    Elegant medium-bodied structure full of ripe tannins and a juicy, delicious mouthfeel. Aromas of dark berries, violets and honeysuckle envelop flavors of wild beach plums, anise and black truffles. Learn More
  17. Chateau La Tour Chambert

    Chateau La Tour Chambert


    This is a big, rich wine, with swathes of black currant fruit and ripe spice. The tannins are there too, a wall of solid texture and dark structure. With this weight and density, it's obvious that this wine needs some serious aging, so don't drink before 2018. Learn More
  18. Backsberg Klein Babylons Toren Cabernet Merlot

    Backsberg Klein Babylons Toren Cabernet Merlot


    Klein Babylons Toren is a specially crafted cuvée on the basis of varietal intensity and character. Violets, cassis and dried herb aromas from a complex bouquet hinting at the palate’s awaiting intensity. Flavours of blackberry and earthy forest floor elements are neatly meshed by fine, ripe fruit tannins that finishes dry with oak derived characters of cinnamon and vanilla. Rich yet structured, this wine will repay careful cellaring over the next ten years. Tasting Notes Download Learn More
  19. Heller Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Organic

    Heller Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Organic


    Dark, rich fruit aromas of plum, cranberry and cassis. Also, notes of mocha, bay laurel and subtle spiciness. Big, broad shouldered with slight chalky tannins. Bright berry and dark fruit flavors. Elements of dark, ripe plum and tart cherry extend nicely through the middle. Finishes with a nice dusty tannin fade and elements of mocha/bittersweet chocolate. Pair this cellar worthy cabernet with a pepper crusted T-bone steak topped with blue cheese crumbles or a black mission fig, goat cheese pizza with arugula. Mushroom pot pie would be another lovely pairing. Learn More
  20. Whitehall Lane Merlot Napa
  21. Il Buciato Bolgheri 2014

    Il Buciato Bolgheri 2014


    James Suckling 88 points (Jul 2016) A pleasant red with some stewed berry and cherry character. Medium body. Fresh finish. Drink now. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Wine Advocate 88 points (Oct 2016) The 2014 Bolgheri Rosso Il Bruciato tastes like a wine from a much warmer vintage - not the soggy and difficult 2014 vintage that had winemakers so worried. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Syrah (aged in oak for seven months) shows dark fruit and spice with good intensity and integration. The mouthfeel might be a bit shorter and quick to fade, but this is a solid drinking wine that I happily recommend. Some 800,000 bottles are produced. Wine Spectator 89 points (Sep 30 2016) A bright, pure version, this red evokes cherry, currant and spice flavors, with well-integrated, if dusty, tannins lining the finish. Firm but has the requisite fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2017 through 2024. 15,000 cases imported. Learn More
  22. Le Volte Dell Ornellaia Toscana

    Le Volte Dell Ornellaia Toscana


    Intense ruby ​​red to the sight. It proposes to the luscious smell of black cherry, blackberry and black mature fruit, enriched with spicy and mineral tones. In tasting the tannins reveal themselves still gritty, and they say they are ready to support the wine at least until the next decade. Good persistence and fruity closure. Learn More
  23. 2001 Chateau Olivier Grand Cru

    2001 Chateau Olivier Grand Cru


    2001 Blend __ 45% de carbernet sauvignon, 45% merlot,10% de cabernet Franc Tasting notes __ The red wines of this vintage have breed and elegance. The Cabernet Sauvignon combines red berry fruit and spices while the Merlot shows silky black cherry and blackberry fruit notes with a suggestion of roasted coffee beans coming through. After a clean, lively attack, the palate develops concentration, and the finish, which continues in the same aromatic vein as the rest, displays ripe, fine-grained tannins Learn More
  24. Shafer Merlot 2013

    Shafer Merlot 2013


    Shafer's 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. (AG) Shafer is one of Napa Valley's best oiled machines. Year after year the wines deliver the goods in a rich, sumptuous style that defines the very essence of contemporary Napa Valley at its very best. The 2012s are terrific, but Shafer really shines in 2013 and 2014, two vintages in which the wines have a bit more energy and delineation than 2012, a year with mostly mid-weight wines built on forward fruit, but with less varietal character. Winemaker Elias Fernandez describes 2013 as a year with a generous crop. Unlike the vast majority of his colleagues, Fernandez opted for shorter macerations in 2014, a year with smaller berries and wines that extracted more quickly than in 2013, when the wines spent longer on the skins. Quite frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these wines, including the just-released 2011 Hillside Select, which is gorgeous. Learn More
  25. 2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

    2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia


    The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. 97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Learn More
  26. Chateau Petrus 11' Pomerol

    Chateau Petrus 11' Pomerol


    A dense ruby/purple-tinged color and restrained but intriguing aromas of kirsch, raspberry jam, wood spice, and mulberries are found in this full-bodied Petrus. An undeniable success in 2011, it is rich, layered and pure with light to moderate tannin, but seems slightly less muscular and tannic compared to its stablemate, Trotanoy. Forget it for a few years and drink it over the following 25 years. Made from 100% Merlot, it tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. In short, it is typically open-knit and already showing very well. This is quite opulent. Learn More
  27. Chateau Petrus 12' Pomerol

    Chateau Petrus 12' Pomerol


    This shows fabulous length with a chocolate, berry and mineral undertone. Licorice and currants too. Full body yet refined with seamless tannins. Goes on for minutes. It shows such amazing length and elegance. Depth. Phenomenal structure here, especially for the vintage. Reminds me of the 1998 or 1971, which were structured yet very fine. Learn More

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