Merlot

Merlot
(mehr-LOW)
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St-Émilion and Pomerol (think Petrus), not to mention its growth in popularity and quality in California and Washington State.

Notable Facts
Merlot flourishes both as a single varietal and as a blending agent. It's known for adding softness to the austere Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux blends in France, California and elsewhere. Chateau Petrus, perhaps one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world, is almost 100% Merlot. The grape exudes soft fruit flavors of plum and blackberry, but it's versatile - the style can change depending on the climate and soil. Merlot from mountain areas are usually more Cabernet like, with stronger structure and tannins, while Merlot from valley floor areas and clay-based soils are opulent, with velvelty texture, often approachable when young.

Summing it up
Successful Sites:
Bordeaux, California, Washington State, Chile

Common Descriptors:
plum, cherry, blackberry, spice, raspberry


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  • Château Mayne Vieil  2011
    $24.00 $14.99
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  • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2012
    $8.99
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  • Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2013
    $10.99
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  • Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2012
    $51.99
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  • Gnarly Head Merlot 2012
    $9.99
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  • Tilia Merlot 2013
    $10.99
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  • Freemark Abbey Merlot 2012
    $34.00 $29.99
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  • Leese-Fitch Merlot 2012
    $11.99
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    • TP91
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  • Decoy Merlot 2012
    $25.00 $19.99
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  • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2011
    $19.00 $16.99
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  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2008
    $45.00 $19.99
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2012
    $12.99
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2012
    $14.99
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  • Clos du Val Merlot 2011
    $35.00 $24.99
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  • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2011
    $89.00
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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2012
    $29.99
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  • Bogle Merlot 2013
    $9.99
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  • Stone Cellars by Beringer Merlot
    $7.99
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  • Rays Station Merlot 2012
    $15.99
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  • Markham Merlot 2012
    $23.99
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  • 14 Hands Merlot 2012
    $12.99
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  • ONEHOPE California Merlot 2012
    $19.00 $12.99
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  • Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2010
    $25.00 $16.99
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot 2012
    $39.99 $36.99
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2010
    $54.99
    Ships Mon, Apr 27

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