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        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2020  Front Label
          Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2020
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            4.3 9 Ratings
            57 99
          • Decoy Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Decoy Merlot 2019
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
              4.2 104 Ratings
              25
              20 99
              Save $4.01 (16%)
            • Cakebread Merlot 2019  Front Label
              Cakebread Merlot 2019
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                0.0 0 Ratings
                73 99
              • Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
                • JS95
                • CG95
                • WW94
                4.2 5 Ratings
                115
                109 99
                Save $5.01 (4%)
              • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019  Front Label
                Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2019
                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
                • JS92
                • WW90
                4.1 19 Ratings
                20 99
              • Frog's Leap Merlot 2020  Front Label
                Frog's Leap Merlot 2020
                Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  44 99
                • Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018  Front Label
                  Silverado Mt. George Merlot 2018
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • TP93
                  • WW92
                  4.1 15 Ratings
                  44 99
                • Mayacamas Merlot 2014 Front Label
                  Mayacamas Merlot 2014
                  Merlot from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
                    4.2 8 Ratings
                    59 99
                  • Schug Merlot 2016  Front Label
                    Schug Merlot 2016
                    Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      34 99
                    • Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019  Front Label
                      Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2019
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                      • JS93
                      4.3 16 Ratings
                      37 99
                    • Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020  Front Label
                      Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 2020
                      Merlot from California
                      • WW89
                      4.0 12 Ratings
                      16
                      12 99
                      Save $3.01 (19%)
                    • Josh Cellars Merlot 2020  Front Label
                      Josh Cellars Merlot 2020
                      Merlot from California
                        4.0 15 Ratings
                        17
                        14 99
                        Save $2.01 (12%)
                      • Rombauer Merlot 2019  Front Label
                        Rombauer Merlot 2019
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          54 99
                        • Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019  Front Label
                          Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2019
                          Merlot from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                            23 99
                          • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Whitehall Lane Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                            • JS91
                            • WS91
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                            39 99
                          • J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2020  Front Label
                            J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2020
                            Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                            • WE91
                            4.1 7 Ratings
                            14 99
                          • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                            • WS90
                            3.9 6 Ratings
                            24
                            18 99
                            Save $5.01 (21%)
                          • Markham Merlot 2019  Front Label
                            Markham Merlot 2019
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                            • JS92
                            3.9 18 Ratings
                            24 99
                          • Guenoc California Merlot 2018  Front Label
                            Guenoc California Merlot 2018
                            Merlot from California
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                              10 99
                            • St. Francis Merlot 2018  Front Label
                              St. Francis Merlot 2018
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
                              • WW90
                              4.0 68 Ratings
                              22
                              18 99
                              Save $3.01 (14%)
                            • Dark Horse Merlot 2020  Front Label
                              Dark Horse Merlot 2020
                              Merlot from California
                                3.9 19 Ratings
                                8 99
                              • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2020  Front Label
                                Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot 2020
                                Merlot from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                                • WW89
                                4.5 7 Ratings
                                21 99
                              • Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2019  Front Label
                                Trentadue La Storia Merlot 2019
                                Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
                                • JD92
                                4.2 13 Ratings
                                28 99
                              • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2020  Front Label
                                Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2020
                                Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                  18 99
                                • Emmolo Merlot 2020  Front Label
                                  Emmolo Merlot 2020
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                  • WW90
                                  4.4 8 Ratings
                                  61 99
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                                Learn about California Merlot, common tasting notes, defining characteristics and more ...

                                Today the fourth most widely planted red variety in the state, Merlot has much to offer. While it bears similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon (its half-sibling), it tends to be lower in both acidity and tannins, giving Merlot wines a mouthfeel that is often perceived as soft, round and plush. These qualities make it an ideal blending partner for Cabernet, the two complementing each other throughout.

                                Merlot arrived relatively late to the California wine scene. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when producers like Louis Martini, Sterling and Matanzas Creek—influenced by European Merlot blends—began crafting single varietal versions. These trend-setting bottles opened the eyes of others in the California wine scene and spurred increased plantings. From there, the variety’s lush drinkability led to a surge in popularity, then overplanting (some of it on unsuitable sites) and finally a backlash that was turbo-charged by the infamous 2004 film, Sideways. What most viewers didn't realize was that, as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

                                Fine examples of California Merlot—either as a single varietal wine or as part of a blend—can be found from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Central Coast and most regions around the state. Merlot wines offer a ripe, sensual mouthful of plummy fruit, suggestions of mint, herbs and vanilla, all carried along by an approachable structure and often, a great potential for improving with age.

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