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California Merlot

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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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  • Fisher Vineyards RCF Vineyard Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Fisher Vineyards RCF Vineyard Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2002
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2002 Front Label
        Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2002
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2002 Front Label
          Rutherford Hill Merlot 2002
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002 Front Label
            Echelon Merlot (1.5 Liter) 2002
            Merlot from Central Coast, California
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            • St. Clement Merlot 2002 Front Label
              St. Clement Merlot 2002
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2002 Front Label
                Franciscan Estate Merlot 2002
                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                • Camelot Merlot 2002 Front Label
                  Camelot Merlot 2002
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2002 Front Label
                    Ferrari-Carano Merlot 2002
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002 Front Label
                      Dog House Maxie's Merlot 2002
                      Merlot from California
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                      • Echelon Merlot 2002 Front Label
                        Echelon Merlot 2002
                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                        • Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002 Front Label
                          Flora Springs Estate Merlot 2002
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                            Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Crane Lake Cellars California Merlot 2002
                            Merlot from California
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                            • Flora Springs Merlot 2002 Front Label
                              Flora Springs Merlot 2002
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Atalon Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                Atalon Merlot 2002
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Leaping Horse Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                Leaping Horse Merlot 2002
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                                • Sterling Reserve Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                  Sterling Reserve Merlot 2002
                                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Del Dotto Merlot 2002  Front Label
                                    Del Dotto Merlot 2002
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Paul Hobbs Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2002  Front Label
                                      Paul Hobbs Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2002
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                      Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2002
                                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                    • Wente Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                      Wente Merlot 2002
                                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                                      • Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                        Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2002
                                        Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                                        • Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                          Etude Napa Valley Merlot 2002
                                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                          • Blackstone Napa Merlot 2002 Front Label
                                            Blackstone Napa Merlot 2002
                                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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