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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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  • Stone Cellars Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Stone Cellars Merlot 2015
    Merlot from California
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    • Sterling Napa Merlot 2015 Front Label
      Sterling Napa Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2015  Front Label
      Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Merlot 2015
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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      • Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2015  Front Label
        Murphy-Goode California Merlot 2015
        Merlot from California
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        • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
          Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Century Cellars Merlot 2015 Front Label
          Century Cellars Merlot 2015
          Merlot from California
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          • St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015  Front Label
            St. Supery Rutherford Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Rutherford Hill Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
            Rutherford Hill Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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            • Carmenet Merlot 2015  Front Label
              Carmenet Merlot 2015
              Merlot from California
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              • Firestone Merlot 2015  Front Label
                Firestone Merlot 2015
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
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                • Schug Merlot 2015 Front Label
                  Schug Merlot 2015
                  Merlot from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Bianchi Vineyards Signature Selection Merlot 2015 Front Label
                    Bianchi Vineyards Signature Selection Merlot 2015
                    Merlot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
                      Keenan Napa Valley Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2015  Front Label
                      Long Meadow Ranch Merlot 2015
                      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Tangley Oaks Merlot 2015 Front Label
                        Tangley Oaks Merlot 2015
                        Merlot from Mendocino, California
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                        • Paradigm Merlot 2015  Front Label
                          Paradigm Merlot 2015
                          Merlot from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                          • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2015  Front Label
                            Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Merlot 2015
                            Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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