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…

Antinori 2016 Il Bruciato 750ml

$43.39

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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Domaine De l'Arjolle 2015 Merlot Cabernet 750ml

$27.74

Claret-like Languedoc red that is deliciously fruity and easy to drink. Louis-Marie Teisserenc took over the family estate in the late 1970s and very quickly decided to re-build, removing low quality, mass production varieties and replacing them. An...

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Wee Angus 2017 Merlot 750ml

$21.65

The winemaker intends his Angus to go well with any red meats. It's bold and full-flavoured and sure to go up against your best BBQ sauce and rich savoury dishes. Lots of ripe black fruits upfront and the Cabernet Sauvignon introduces some welcome...

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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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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

$56.43

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 Creek 2017 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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Tommasi 2016 Le Prunee Merlot 750ml

$23.39

Always keeping a careful eye on tradition while ever ready to accept innovation, the Tommasi family has planted a vineyard composed entirely of Merlot, in the heart of its newest fields in the Valpolicella Classico region. Called "Le Prunee", its vines...

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Vanessa Vineyard 2014 Right Bank Red 750ml

$61.58

WinemakingCrafted from only 100% estate grown and hand-picked fruit, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction. This cuvée is almost entirely...

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Brumont 2016 Gascogne Merlot Tannat 750ml

$17.30

Created by the masterful Alain Brumont, this wine is a 60/40 blend of Merlot and Tannat from vineyards between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees. On the nose, aromas of raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, and plum. Well-structured, fruit-forward, moderate tannins...

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L'Ecole 41 2015 Merlot 750ml

$54.69

(30% new oak; winemaker Mike Sharon, who is now in his 23rd year with L'Ecole No. 41, barely crushes the berries directly into the fermentation vessel and does punchdowns by hand): Bright, dark ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder,...

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Corcelettes 2016 Merlot 750ml

$32.09

Simply a crowd pleaser, this rich and meaty Merlot is a whopper- ultra full bodied and lots of black fruit notes make this wine a dinner time go-to. Pairs well with Italian style food and grilled meats. Harvested from vines rooted in our rugged...

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Elephant Island 2014 Think Again Merlot 750ml

$29.77

Elegant smooth tannins, complimented by loads of fresh, red and black fruit. The beauty of this wine is the freshness in the fruit notes. This merlot defies the "jammy" categorization ... beautiful in the way it captures notes of fresh cherry, blackberry...

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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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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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