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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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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • Whitehall Lane Merlot (half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Whitehall Lane Merlot (half-bottle) 2005
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
      • WE92
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    • Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
      Concannon Selected Vineyards Merlot 2005
      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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      • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005 Front Label
        Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Merlot 2005
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Beringer Third Century Merlot 2005 Front Label
          Beringer Third Century Merlot 2005
          Merlot from North Coast, California
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          • Tin Roof Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Tin Roof Merlot 2005
            Merlot from California
            • WE90
            3.4 163 Ratings
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            13
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          • Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005 Front Label
            Franciscan Estate Merlot 2005
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              4.2 12 Ratings
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              27 99
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2005 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Merlot 2005
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              • Vendange NV Merlot 2005 Front Label
                Vendange NV Merlot 2005
                Merlot from California
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                • Havens Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Havens Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                  • RP90
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                • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from California
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                  • Rombauer Merlot 2005 Front Label
                    Rombauer Merlot 2005
                    Merlot from Carneros, California
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                    • Clos Du Val Merlot 2005 Front Label
                      Clos Du Val Merlot 2005
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005 Front Label
                        Luna Vineyards Merlot 2005
                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
                          Hall Napa Valley Merlot 2005
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2005 Front Label
                            Pahlmeyer Merlot 2005
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                            • RP94
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                          • Cakebread Merlot 2005 Front Label
                            Cakebread Merlot 2005
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                            • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005 Front Label
                              Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005
                              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                              • David Arthur Estate Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                David Arthur Estate Merlot 2005
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                                • Mirassou Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                  Mirassou Merlot 2005
                                  Merlot from California
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                                  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2005
                                    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                      3.6 6 Ratings
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                                    • Stone Cellars Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                      Stone Cellars Merlot 2005
                                      Merlot from California
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                                      • Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                        Duckhorn Estate Grown Merlot 2005
                                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                        • WE94
                                        • WS91
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                                      • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                        Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2005
                                        Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                                        • WE90
                                        3.2 5 Ratings
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                                      • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                        Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005
                                        Merlot from Central Coast, California
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