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California MerlotCalifornia Merlot has gotten a bad rap, but much of it was earned. Miles, the character in Sideways who won't drink Merlot, wasn't saying anything we hadn't heard before.
That said, there is a lot of great Merlot being grown in California. The trick is to find the good ones floating in the ocean of bad Merlot.
That is where a great store like 67 Wine comes in. We aren't buying out of a price book, or looking at fancy labels. We taste the wines, and buy the ones we like. We have a few we carry because our customers like them and want them, and there is nothing wrong with that. We aren't so stuck up that we feel we know better thatn our customers what they should be drinking. We just have no problem finding 30 or 40 really good Merlots at the right prices.
2009: 86 Points
- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
: "Another Best Buy Merlot from Bogle. The wine is just as you want a nice Merlot to be, rich and soft and flavorful in cherries, with a kiss of smoky oak. "
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Our Blue Label Merlot has brilliant, deep garnet color with aromas of bright red cherries and clove spice. Supple red plum and black cherry flavors highlight the palate, with subtle notes of light milk chocolate and vanilla bean evident on the long ... more
Red Velvet shows an incredible nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits and a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length. Our Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Itís reminiscent ... more
sipping this wine as a pre-dinner aperitif or pairing it fruit-infused meat dishes like pork
with plums and rosemary or even a turkey sandwich with bacon and cranberry sauce.... more
Benziger Merlot is marked by aromas of bright cherry, red fruit and black plum with notes of vanillin spice which are confirmed on the palate with flavors of blackberry, chocolate and dried herb. Brimming with bright, well-developed fruit, the wine ... more
Scarlet Five is our winemakerís signature cuvee, an expression of five red varieties capturing the best of each vintage. It has the backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon, the finesse of Merlot, the structure of Petit Verdot, the floral essence of Cabernet ... more
This wine is a blend of three distinctive varietals, each
contributing the uniqueness of its singlularity. Zinfandel
provides a blackberry-like peppery spiciness. while Merlot
adds a mature fruity bell pepper quality and Cabernet
Franc adds a ... more
Our Blue Label Merlot has brilliant, deep garnet color with aromas of bright red cherries and clove spice.
Supple red plum and black cherry flavors highlight the palate, with subtle notes of light milk chocolate and
vanilla bean more
2007: 90 Points
- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
: "A very pretty Merlot, and a good price for the elegant quality. Itís dry and tannic, showing the Clos du Val style of controlled, somewhat aloof ripeness. Thereís a rich, ... more
Medium bodied and loaded with fruit, this wine is perfect for picnics and everyday dining; enjoy tonight with BBQ burgers..... more
Our medium-full bodied Merlot is herbal with aromas of raspberry and cherry fruit and a hint of cola. It is easy to drink now with its soft, slightly herbaceous, cedary and sweet cherry fruit flavors. The medium-full tannins provide a smooth, ... more
This Merlot is medium bodied with deep blackberry aromas and a soft, satisfying finish. Enjoy its smooth flavors with grilled pork chops, braised lamb and roast ... more
Black and bing cherry fruit is complemented by spicy qualities, notes of white pepper and even a whiff of cinnamon, backed up by a cedar and light caramel component that comes from the wine`s time in oak. This wine goes well with smoked chicken, ... more