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…

Tinhorn Creek 2017 Merlot 750ml

$24.26

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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Masi 2018 Modello Merlot 750ml

$13.99

A full-bodied wine with soft, silky tannins, which blend well with fruity notes of Marasca cherry, plums, raspberries and fruits of the forest. Pair with cured-meat starters, substantial pasta or soup dishes or main meat dishes such as roasts...

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Hester Creek 2018 Cabernet/Merlot 750ml

$19.04

Enticing aromas of black currant, dark cherry, and light toast. The soft and pleasing palate has nicely rounded tannins, with bright plum, vanilla, and cedar notes. A fantastic wine for weeknight dinners or parties, pair with good friends and a NY...

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Bodega Garzon Merlot Tannat 750ml

$24.26

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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Okanagan Crushpad 2017 Narrative Red 750ml

$20.99

Our Narrative Red is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Expressing true Okanagan characteristics of red fruits with a distinctive herbal note. Soft tannins coupled with nicely balanced acidity make this an easy drinking wine on its own or paired with...

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Freemark Abbey 2014 Napa Valley Merlot 750ml

$60.78

The 2014 Merlot is 78.8% Merlot, 8.4% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc aged 15 months in neutral oak. Spicy notes in the fragrance along with hints of coffee bean, chocolate, and red and black cherries jump from the...

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Poplar Grove 2016 Merlot 750ml

$29.99

Deep ruby in colour, our 2014 vintage boasts an enticing bouquet of eucalyptus, Okanagan sage, and cherry. The twenty one months in 100% French oak lends a soft coffee and cocoa flavour profile to this wine. Velvety tannins and a round mid-palate allow...

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Chateau d'Aiguilhe 2015 Cotes de Castillon 750ml

$79.99

A swath of toasty, singed vanilla starts off, quickly backed by waves of currant and plum preserves. As the flavors knit, a graphite spine emerges and drives the anise- and apple wood–tinged finish. Let this settle in with a little cellaring. Very...

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Lock & Worth 2019 Merlot 750ml

$26.25

“This year’s merlot is a radical departure from 2017, and I’m digging where this is at currently. This unfined and unfiltered merlot was planted in 1995 on a sandy 2 acre site on the Naramata Bench. Destemmed and with five days on the...

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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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Pahlmeyer 2015 Napa Valley Merlot 750ml

$182.52

"The 2013 Merlot is dark, powerful and also quite tannic, all signatures of the vintage. Black cherry, mocha, graphite, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol are bold and intense in the glass, but the 2013 is only showing a hint of its potential. Far from an...

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Le Vieux Pin 2018 Petite Rouge 750ml

$26.00

This year’s blend consists mostly of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thanks to a gorgeously classic summer growing season with a balanced crop.  Cabernet Sauvignon, albeit in a smaller percentage as part of the blend, still makes its...

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Silverado Vineyards 2013 Mt. George Merlot 750ml

$78.17

Silverado's 2013 Merlot is powerful and intense, with all the brightness and floral lift that is so typical of wines from Coombsville. Pungent red cherry, pomegranate, rose petal and blood orange notes give the 2013 much of its distinctive signatures...

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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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Chateau Nicot 2016 Bordeaux Rouge 750ml

$31.99

Pleasant aromas of red fruit, cherries, and earth on the nose. Flavours of black fruit, blackberry, blackcurrant. Bone-dry, plentiful small tannins, and a lengthy finish make this a well-rounded smart purchase.

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