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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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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    • St. Francis Merlot 2008 Front Label
      St. Francis Merlot 2008
      Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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      • Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008 Front Label
        Swanson Oakville Merlot 2008
        Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Mirassou Merlot 2008 Front Label
          Mirassou Merlot 2008
          Merlot from California
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          • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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          • Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008 Front Label
            Trentadue Block 500 Merlot 2008
            Merlot from Carneros, California
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            • Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
              Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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              4.3 5 Ratings
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            • Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Pahlmeyer Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Pahlmeyer Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008 Front Label
              Cupcake Vineyards Merlot 2008
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
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              • Parducci Merlot 2008 Front Label
                Parducci Merlot 2008
                Merlot from North Coast, California
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                • Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
                  Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008
                  Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2008
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 2008 Front Label
                    Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot 2008
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot 2008 Front Label
                    Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot 2008
                    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2008 Front Label
                      Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2008
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Jailhouse Rock Merlot 2008 Front Label
                        Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Jailhouse Rock Merlot 2008
                        Merlot from California
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                        • Oberon Merlot 2008 Front Label
                          Oberon Merlot 2008
                          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2008 Front Label
                          Wente Sandstone Merlot 2008
                          Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                          • Lyeth L de Lyeth Merlot 2008 Front Label
                            Lyeth L de Lyeth Merlot 2008
                            Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                            • Murphy-Goode Merlot 2008 Front Label
                              Murphy-Goode Merlot 2008
                              Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2008
                                Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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                              • Clos Du Val Merlot 2008 Front Label
                                Clos Du Val Merlot 2008
                                Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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