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Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins per unit volume. It normally ripens up to two weeks earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. Also compared to Cabernet, Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid, which lends it to use as a blending grape for the purpose of balancing a wine's texture and structure. While Merlot is made across the globe, there tends to be two main styles.

The New World or modern style favored by many wine regions tends to emphasize late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. This profile is typical to Merlot grown in warmer climates, such as Napa Valley. It is also widely planted throughout Washington's Columbia Valley AVA but has earned particular notice from plantings grown in Walla Walla, Red Mountain, and the Horse Heaven Hills. Washington Merlots are noted for their deep color and balanced acidity. The state's climate lends itself towards long days and hours of sunshine with cool nights that contributes to a significant diurnal temperature variation and produces wines with New World fruitiness and Old World structure. A hallmark of Washington Merlot is a savory leather and cocoa profile, in addition to the red fruits. Meanwhile, the grape is finding some success in South America, as well, most notably in Chile's Apalta and Aconcagua regions.

While this international style is practiced by many Bordeaux wine producers, the traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that display fresh, red fruit flavors like raspberries, strawberries, and red plum. Occasionally leafy, vegetal notes will remain present, but the Merlot-based wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank communes often display a mineral and graphite character that emphasizes the limestone bases of these soils. The grape achieves its pinnacle of expression in these regions as the principal component in some of the world's rarest, most expensive wines, such as Château Ausone, Angelus, and Château Pétrus.

A large portion of Merlot is planted in the Friuli wine region of Italy, where it is made as a varietal or sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. In other parts of Italy, such as the Maremma coast in Tuscany, it is often blended with Sangiovese to give the wine a similar softening effect as the Bordeaux blends. Italian Merlots are often characterized by their light bodies and herbal notes, and the grape's naturally low acidity serves as a balance for the higher acidity in many Italian wine grapes, especially in the Veneto, Alto Adige and Umbria. Global warming is potentially having an influence on Italian Merlot as more cooler-climate regions in northern Italy are being able to ripen the grape successfully while other regions already planted are encountering issues with over-ripeness.

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97 points James Suckling: Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold. (1/26/17) ...
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Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#330813)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

97 points James Suckling: Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold. (1/26/17)

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100 points and '#1 Italian Wine of 2017,' James Suckling: This is an extraordinary merlot with such purity and focus. Flowers such as violets and hints of orange peel. It is full-bodied yet incredibly energetic and structured. The finish goes on for minutes. Seamless texture. Fresh yet dense.… ...
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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2015  (#329690)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

100 points and '#1 Italian Wine of 2017,' James Suckling: This is an extraordinary merlot with such purity and focus. Flowers such as violets and hints of orange peel. It is full-bodied yet incredibly energetic and structured. The finish goes on for…

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99 points James Suckling: Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. It changes all the time and is very complex with hints of meat. On the palate it's full-bodied and very well refined, showing wonderful tannin tension and polished texture. It… ...
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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2013  (#325944)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

99 points James Suckling: Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. It changes all the time and is very complex with hints of meat. On the palate it's full-bodied and very well refined, showing…

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92 points Wine Spectator: Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (11/30/17) ...
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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#331759)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

92 points Wine Spectator: Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (11/30/17)

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100% Merlot. This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and slight chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel with flavors of cherry, blackberry, cassis, plum… ...
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot Alexander Valley 2016  (#332610)

Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

100% Merlot. This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and slight chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel…

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88 points Wine Spectator: A zesty Merlot, with lively blueberry aromas and a whiff of mint that opens to sturdy blackberry, cedar and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. (5/31/18) ...
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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State The Velvet Devil 2015  (#331524)

Merlot from Washington

88 points Wine Spectator: A zesty Merlot, with lively blueberry aromas and a whiff of mint that opens to sturdy blackberry, cedar and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. (5/31/18)

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with a silky texture. Alcohol 14.5%. (Dec 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2015  (#331825)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with…

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Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and firm tannins. The finish is complex and spicy.… ...
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Textbook Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#331778)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and…

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90 points James Suckling: Soft and easy merlot with green olive, plum and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. (5/3/16) ...
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Twomey Merlot Napa Valley 2013  (#331740)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

90 points James Suckling: Soft and easy merlot with green olive, plum and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. (5/3/16)

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97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...drop dead gorgeous... a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb... They will, of course, reach greater harmony and integration as… ...
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Le Macchiole Messorio 2012  (#333784)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...drop dead gorgeous... a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb... They will,…

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92 points Wine Spectator: Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (11/30/17) ...
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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#330521)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

92 points Wine Spectator: Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (11/30/17)

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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later given… ...
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Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 2014  (#332576)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer…

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