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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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  • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS94
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2007 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2007
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Tangley Oaks Merlot 2007 Front Label
      Tangley Oaks Merlot 2007
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Murphy-Goode Merlot 2007 Front Label
        Murphy-Goode Merlot 2007
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
        • WE88
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      • St. Francis Merlot 2007 Front Label
        St. Francis Merlot 2007
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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        • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
          • WE88
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        • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2007 Front Label
          Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2007
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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          • Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007 Front Label
            Whitehall Lane Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            • WS90
            • WE90
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          • Brass Tacks Merlot 2007 Front Label
            Brass Tacks Merlot 2007
            Merlot from Central Coast, California
            • WE88
            4.4 11 Ratings
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          • BV Century Cellars Merlot 2007 Front Label
            BV Century Cellars Merlot 2007
            Merlot from California
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            • Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Whitehall Lane Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
              • WS90
              • WE90
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            • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
              • RP88
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            • Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Taylor Peak Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
              • WE90
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            • Houdini Oakville Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Houdini Oakville Merlot 2007
              Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
              • WE90
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              30
              22 99
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            • Montevina Merlot 2007 Front Label
              Montevina Merlot 2007
              Merlot from California
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              • Parducci Merlot 2007 Front Label
                Parducci Merlot 2007
                Merlot from North Coast, California
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                • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2007 Front Label
                  Wente Sandstone Merlot 2007
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                  • Monthaven Winery Merlot (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2007 Front Label
                    Monthaven Winery Merlot (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2007
                    Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                    • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2007 Front Label
                      Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2007
                      Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                      • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2007 Front Label
                        Swanson Oakville Merlot 2007
                        Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
                        • WE94
                        3.6 11 Ratings
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                      • Mirassou Merlot 2007 Front Label
                        Mirassou Merlot 2007
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Gainey Merlot 2007 Front Label
                          Gainey Merlot 2007
                          Merlot from Central Coast, California
                          • WE89
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                        • Hayman & Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2007 Front Label
                          Hayman & Hill Napa Valley Merlot 2007
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007 Front Label
                            Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2007
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
                            • WS92
                            • RP90
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                          • Tin Roof Merlot 2007 Front Label
                            Tin Roof Merlot 2007
                            Merlot from California
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