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Merlot is a red wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Its softness and fleshiness, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot an ideal grape to blend with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the most popular red wine varietals in the United States and Chile.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with Mexican foods and Indian coconut curries, as well as duck, rabbit and seafood. Try served with a barbecue picnic of hot dogs or hamburgers. Also great with Spaghetti Bolognese.
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Iverson Vineyards and Winery
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2005 Merlot
Fair Play

With hints of blackberry and plum on the nose, this wine, with its' smooth
silky finish, is ready to be paired with any occasion.

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Ursa Vineyards
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2004 Merlot
El Dorado

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Winery By The Creek
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2005 Merlot
El Dorado County

This lovely soft merlot is produced from 100% El Dorado fruit. Aging 14 months in French and American oak barrels results in and elegant, deep flavored wine that pours well by it s ...moreelf or pairs with many red meats or even a barbecue.

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Chevalier Winery
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2005 Estate Merlot
El Dorado

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Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard
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2004 Merlot
Fair Play

This mountain grown Fair Play Merlot is deep in color with delicate fruit flavors reminiscent of black cherries, currants. and blackberries. On the palate it is rich and opulent, b ...moreursting with flavors of black fruits backed by toasty vanillin oak notes and round, chewy tannins. Savor the lingering, velvet finish. Good mid weight red, to partner with any red meat, fowl, or pasta dish.

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Mariposa Wine Company
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2005 Yosemite View Merlot
Sierra Foothills

When bottled, our Merlot was awkward and tough, with somewhat hard tannins. It has since lost that rustic character and is now full-flavored with intriguing high-tone berry and ced ...morear aromas. On the palate it shows classic earthy tones, with a touch of mint and herb. Still, the wine is not for the faint-of-heart, and is best enjoyed with a meal of hearty foods.

Ballentine Vineyards
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2004 Merlot
Napa Valley Pocai Vineyard

Black cherry and blueberry dominate the aromas of this fruit-forward style Merlot. There are nice layers of rose petal, red apple, vanilla and licorice. The palate reflects the fla ...morevors with its fruit-forward style nuanced by a complex spice. The wine is very full on the palate with nice balanced tannins and good body. There is a well balanced acidity that lets the fruit character linger on the palate for quite some time.

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Pretty-Smith Winery
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2002 Merlot

Estate grown Merlot with medium body and lots of fruit! Unfined and unfiltered, this wine delivers pure estate grown fruit with soft flavors and a long finish.

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Pretty-Smith Winery
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2001 Merlot

Estate grown Merlot with deep color and a very french style. Higher in acidity than other vintages offered, this one is great with many foods.

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Pretty-Smith Winery
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2000 Merlot

*vintage closeout!*

This medium-bodied Merlot has black cherry & sage aromas, with an elegant fishish that offers moderate tannins and tart acidity.

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Consentino Winery
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2002 Estate Merlot
Oakville, Napa Valley

Gold Medal - 2005 LA County Fair Wines of the World Competition

From our estate vineyard at the winery, we are very selective about the unique style of this wine. I ...moret is rich, and yet bright, unusually concentrated, pungent, with big front and spice. It has bing cherries and plums with a hint of white pepper.
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Nichols Winery & Cellars
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1999 Merlot Vinas del Sol
San Miguel

This Merlot layered with bright ripe fruit. Unveiled are rich berry fruit, plum and black cherries. It is integrated with flavors of caramel, smoke, and toast. It is very complex, ...morerich, and has extremely well balanced fruit. Tannins are laid back but provide the right backdrop for the fruit to come forward and please the palate.

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Bogle Vineyards
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2006 Merlot
Clarksburg & Central Coast

Bogle’s 2006 Merlot is another great example of the soft and silky wine that this varietal can be. Concentrated aromas of earthy spice and summer cherries surround the senses, whil ...moree the first pleasant sip is a delightful wave of fresh red fruit and soft garden herbs. Mere hints of pipe tobacco and spicy oak lend depth to the finish, reinforced by firm, assertive tannins.
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Coturri Winery
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2003 Merlot
Feingold Vineyards

This is not a subdued wine. It has the classic earmarkings of its French counterpart. Full in structure from start to finish with a dark cherry nose, slight hints of cedar and bala ...morenced tannins.

This is a classic representation of what merlot is should be. If Miles had tasted this merlot, he would have changed his statement in the movie "Sideways" to reflect the great character of this Bordeaux varietal.

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Coturri Winery
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2005 Merlot
Maclise Vineyards

2005 was a great vintage, slightly cooler than 2004. The Maclise Merlot from this vintage is very deeply colored, silky, streamlined and focused. A ripe dry cherry nose, finely tex ...moretured mid palate and smooth acid finish characterize this wine.

This wine will match well with grilled foods, marinated and grilled lamb, smoked eggplant or simply enjoyed with a nice triple cream brie and crusty sourdough bread.

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Pinder Winery
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2003 Merlot

Mad for Merlot! Our 100% Merlot is aged in American oak and then blended to produce a wine that is soft with a berry jam nose and lightly flavored with herb and cherry.

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Wellington Vineyards
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2003 Estate Bottled Merlot
Sonoma Valley

The nose is dominated by cherry and plum aromas, with notes of sandalwood, cinnamon, chocolate, tea and black pepper. The wine is very full bodied and supple, but with enough tanni ...morec structure to keep it focused. The finish is long and sweet.

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Ceja Vineyards
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2005 Merlot

Aromas of cranberries, raspberries and black fruit with nuances of bright cherry notes. The palate showcases savory tannins and lush textures that compliment the long extended flav ...moreors. This wine is fruit-driven with mineral and earthy undertones.

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Wild Horse Winery
CAW Rating: 88
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2005 Merlot
Paso Robles

Another perennial favorite, Wild Horse Merlot was popular before the Merlot craze even began. Paso Robles provides us with exceptional fruit that is typically more intense and stru ...morectured than its cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a wine that provides rich ripe fruit flavors balanced by bright acidity. The soft, rich tannins, acidity and long finish make this wine an ageworthy contender.
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Soft and smooth is the best way to describe this young but very delightful Merlot. The grapes came from a premium vineyard in Mendocino where the climate is perfect for producing ultra-premium Merlot.

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