Merlot

Seen the film ‘Sideways’? Well, given the ubiquitous nature of Merlot, it perhaps wasn’t a surprise one of the main characters had taken against it so. Watch the movie and you’ll see. Anyway, back to the grape. Merlot can produce gloriously plummy and fragrant wines and is found in the great wines of Bordeaux such as Pomerol. This is its most prestigious home, but you’ll find Merlot all over the world and it can vary enormously in quality … which brings us back to Sideways…

Provenquiere 2016 Merlot 750ml

$17.30

Fans of Merlot rejoice! Another French Marquis Exclusive from the Languedoc. The grapes for this wine were planted on a calcareous hillside facing south before undergoing a twenty day long maceration and malolactic fermentation.  This wine...

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Antinori 2015 Il Bruciato 750ml

$41.95

The 2015 Bolgheri Il Bruciato shows just how compelling this vintage is, even among entry-level offerings. Sumptuous and racy to the core, the 2015 will be virtually impossible to resist, even in its youth. Dark cherry, spice, new leather, mocha and...

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Seven Peaks 2015 Central Coast Merlot 750ml

$15.56

California's Central Coast is a large swath from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and includes forty AVAs within it. Seven Peaks is a socially and environmentally responsible winemaker that sources its grapes from quality vineyards throughout the Central...

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Leonetti 2015 Merlot 750ml

$139.04

Winemaker's Note: As pure and linear an expression of Walla Walla Merlot that you might imagine. Simply gorgeous red and black fruits, especially blueberries, raspberries, and hints of dried apricot. The mouth feel is so wonderfully plush,...

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Markham 2015 Napa Valley Merlot 750ml

$47.74

This is a hearty version of the variety, blended with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah. Black licorice, Dr. Pepper and densely rich, extracted black cherry and blueberry accent a full-bodied softly textured palate of approachability. Score: 89...

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Freemark Abbey 2014 Napa Valley Merlot 750ml

$52.08

The dominant flavor of this rich and smooth Merlot is black cherry, with nuances of milk chocolate, integrated spicy oak and arugula. Great balance of fruit, body, tannin and acidity. The depth and richness of flavor provide a smooth profile that...

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Tinhorn 2015 Merlot Oldfield Series 750ml

$34.69

Here is a concentrated and ripe Merlot that is both powerful and elegant. It begins with aromas of cassis and vanilla, leading to mouth-filling flavours of mulberry and cassis. 91 points - John Schreiner A serious, cellar worthy Merlot enhanced with 6%...

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McPherson 2015 Cabernet-Merlot 750ml

$19.91

The grapes for this Cabernet Merlot were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character.  Modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout, all of which help to create the signature McPherson...

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Poplar Grove 2015 Merlot 750ml

$34.70

Look for this wine to be released in the fall. It is a bold, generous wine with dark, brooding flavours of black currant, dark chocolate, and blueberries. The concentrated texture signals that the wine needs to be cellared. Score: 91 points  --...

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Tinhorn Creek 2016 Merlot 750ml

$25.13

Deep garnet red colour. Nose is a touch delicate in its youth, but shows a beautiful balance of fresh red berry fruit, preserved cherries and orange rind with clove. Palate is focused with spicy oak and grenadine up front. It then fills out the mid...

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Tightrope Winery 2016 Merlot 750ml

$30.35

There are bright aromas for blackberry, blueberry and plum along with leather, cedar and vanilla on the palate. The tannins are supple and the finish is full. "Our Merlot is 100% estate grown.  It was hand-picked and destemmed into 1/2-ton...

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Bodega Garzon Merlot Tannat 750ml

$25.13

Tannat is splashed with twenty percent merlot in this estate wine, one that has spent three-six months on lees in stainless steel. Antonini plays the plummy, plush chocolate merlot up against tannat's dusty, fine, graphite tannin that structure. As to be...

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Bodega Los Toneles 2015 Tonel 78 Malbec Bonarda 750ml

$32.08

Good red-ruby. Aromas of dark berries, licorice, dark chocolate and herbs complemented by an element of musky oak. Firmly built and intense, conveying an impression of energy to its dark berry and light herb flavors complicated by well-judged oak. The...

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Castiglion del Bosco 2015 Dainero 750ml

$34.69

“A firm and silky wine with berry, hazelnut and walnut character. Some orange peel. Full body, polished tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now.” Score: 93 points -- James Suckling, August 2017

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Hickinbotham 2014 The Revivalist Merlot 750ml

$99.91

The 2014 The Revivalist Merlot shows a deep garnet-purple color, and has a lovely floral and spice-laced nose with hints of baking spices, vanilla and plum preserves. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, this Merlot has nice velvety tannins, a lively...

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