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Merlot Based Wines (wines made primarily from the Merlot wine grape)
Everyone remembers the line from Sideways - "I am NOT drinking any #$%^&* Merlot!"
He said it, but he really didn't mean it. After all, the wine he goes on about, and which he ends up drinking from a paper cup at the end, is the legendary Cheval Blanc 1961. That wine, of course, is about half Merlot.
Merlot is one of the worlds most noble grapes. Merlot is the very foundation of Bordeaux, acting as the base for well over half of all Bordeaux produced.
Even in the US, when treated right, with lower yields, proper climate and skilled winemaking, Merlot is fantastic. It is easy to drink, with rich flavors, moderate tannin and mild acidity. No wonder it is still America's favorite red.
In addition, Merlot has thrived all over the world. We carry Merlot from, in addition to Bordeaux and the US, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Italy and more.
The wine itself comes from a few of the region's finest vineyard sites, in the areas of Maremma, Colline Pisane, and Colli Fiorentini. Soil type goes from compact, including a very fine-textured limestone at 1,300-1,500 feet a.s.l, a classic, ... more
A blend of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese grapes grown in the region of Umbria, Vitiano Rosso is vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for three months before being bottled. Made in a way that ... more
Molina Vineyard. VII Region, Chile (Central Valley)
San Pedro and San Miguel Vineyard: Broad daytime-night time temperature differentials are perfect for good phenolic ripeness (tannins and anthocyanins).Purplish-ruby-red in color with intense ... more
Soft cherry fruit, mild tannins and a pleasant spiced finish.This red is supple, expressive and appealing, with pure blueberry and plum fruit, shading the finish with loamy earth and sweet spice hints. Shows presence and length. Cabernet Sauvignon, ... more
Deep violet ruby-red.
Very fruity wine with spices aromas of plums, blackberries, and accompanied by intense notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla.
Soft, ripe tannins lend good structure and balance.2008: 90 ... more
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Clay and sand soils as well as Tuscany’s special stony galestro limestone, combined with ideal sun exposure and a climate tempered by the Mediterranean, provide an ideal climate for the Sangiovese grape. Low yields of excellent-quality hand ... 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
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
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
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
Bright and vivid dark ruby red.
Cherries and pepper aromas with a slight touch of cacao.
Elegant, round and full-bodied wine, with a long lasting aftertaste.Fruity character, with aromas of cherries and a slight touch of cacao: more