Merlot

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. Robert Mondavi Merlot

    Robert Mondavi Merlot

    $7.94

    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
  2. FoxHorn Merlot

    FoxHorn Merlot

    $9.94

    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
  3. 2011 Crosby Merlot

    2011 Crosby Merlot

    $13.99

    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
  4. 2014 Barkan Classic Merlot

    2014 Barkan Classic Merlot

    $15.94

    Dark cherry, plum and cassis flavors, with rich cinnamon, herb and coffee notes. Learn More
  5. The Boatman Red Wine

    The Boatman Red Wine

    $22.94

    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
  6. Chateau La Tour Chambert

    Chateau La Tour Chambert

    $34.94

    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
  7. Whitehall Lane Merlot Napa
  8. Shafer Merlot 2013

    Shafer Merlot 2013

    $69.94

    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
  9. 2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

    2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

    $109.00

    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

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