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Oak Grove Family Reserve Merlot

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 73804

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United States | California

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Crow Canyon Merlot

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 74097

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United States | California

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Rabble Red Wine

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 87382

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Woodhaven Merlot

2019 / 1.5 L.

Item #: 92401

Argentina | Mendoza

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Cru La Maqueline Bordeaux

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89116

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France | Bordeaux | none

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Château Hourtou

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 90172

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 3, 2019
There’s a red-berry core here with bright, zesty and attractive fruit in a lighter-bodied, flavorful style. Juicy resolve. Neat, fresh finish. Drink or hold.
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Perimeter Merlot

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 85855

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United States | Washington

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Château Loumelat Rouge

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 81310

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France | Bordeaux

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Poesia Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98071

VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022
The 2019 Poesia is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Hélène and Patrice Lévêque. Rich and sumptuous, Poesia marries intensity with vibrancy in grand style. Poesia is a big, explosive Saint-Émilion, but it also possesses tremendous energy. Dark fruit, gravel, incense, spice and saddle leather open with a bit of coaxing. There is an exotic quality to Poesia in 2019 that is especially alluring. Brilliant. (Antonio Galloni)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Dried flowers, mimosa, blackcurrants, peppercorns and burnt orange on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tightly wound tannins and crisp acidity. Zesty, mineral character on the tight finish. Lightly smoky at the end. Try in 2026.
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2022
The 2019 Poesia has the richest and most opulent bouquet with precocious black cherry, glycerine, lavender and violet aromas, bursting from the glass and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodies with plush, ripe tannins. There is a lot of puppy fat here, rounded and perhaps “sexy” compared to the 2018, mouth-filling and voluminous. This will need time. Tasted at the Poesia vertical in Saint-Emilion. (Neal Martin)
JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 4/11/2022
The 2019 Château Poesia is a charming, up-front, straight-up sexy Saint-Emilion that brings lots of fruit yet always stays balanced and seamless. Bright red and blue berry fruits, spring flowers, tobacco, and some chalky minerality all define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a supple, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This purity of fruit is spot on, and this is another terrific vintage for this château. It already offers pleasure yet will benefit from short-term cellaring and unquestionably evolve for 20–25 years if stored properly. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP92+92–94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 18th Jun 2020
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Poesia is a little closed to begin, soon opening out to reveal wonderfully pure notes of crushed red and black plums, fresh blackberries and warm cherries with nuances of allspice, aniseed, potpourri and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, featuring loads of mineral sparks and a wicked backbone of freshness, with very fine-grained tannins to support, finishing long and vibrant. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
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Chateau d’Haurets Red Bordeaux

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98895

WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2020
Full of black fruit, this dense wine brings out the ripeness of the vintage. While the alcohol is obvious, fresh blackberry flavors mask it. This rich wine is ready to drink. (Roger Voss)
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France | Bordeaux

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Château Mazeris

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 1053

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Blueberries and sandalwood on the nose with some violets. Medium-to full-bodied with a solid tannin backbone and fresh fruit in the center-palate. Linear and racy. Better after 2023. (James Suckling)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2022
Solid, with flavors of cherry and currant preserves laced with tobacco, dark earth and judicious toast. There’s a nice sleek feel through the finish, with a whisper of chalky minerality at the end. Best from 2023 through 2028. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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France | Bordeaux | Canon-Fronsac

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WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022
The wine’s fulsome black fruits are packed with tannins and a spicy, smoky character. This is a solid wine, with a good future. Drink from 2025. (Roger Voss)
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Château Tessendey Fronsac Rouge

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 1055

WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2022
This property is owned by the d’Arfeuille family who also have estates in Saint-Emilion. It is a ripe, juicy wine, deliciously fruity now, bringing out spice and solid tannins. Merlot and a blending of Cabernet Franc work well together in this wine that will be ready from 2025. (Roger Voss)
JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Crushed raspberries, strawberries, dried herbs, red tea and licorice on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tea-like tannins. A little austere. Better in 2023. (James Suckling)
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France | Bordeaux | Fronsac

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Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot

NV / 1.5 L.

Item #: 410

United States | California

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Barefoot Merlot

NV / 750 ml.

Item #: 972

WE8585 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2013
Heaps of blueberry, blackberry and mocha flavors make up the palate of this dry, soft Merlot. A few drops of Petite Sirah, Malbec and Petit Verdot add layers of flavor and texture.

United States | California

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The Merlot grape has long been known for its versatility and adaptability. With its origins in the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot spread across the globe, becoming one of the most widely planted grape varieties. It is used to produce a captivating array of red wines with flavors and styles that vary depending on the climate and region in which the grape is grown.

Merlot’s reputation took something of a dive around the turn of the millennium, largely due to the preponderance of poor-quality mass-produced Merlot wines. But the cognoscenti have always known that Merlot is key to many of the greatest — and most expensive — red wine blends in the world, and its reputation has improved significantly in the last decade.

What Does Merlot Taste Like?

Merlot produces wines with diverse flavor profiles. Primary flavors often include cherry, plum, and vanilla. Merlot is typically very dry with a medium-full body, medium-high tannins, and medium acidity.

When produced in warmer climates, Merlot wines tend to be fruitier with more refined tannins. Aging in oak adds notes of chocolate and vanilla. In contrast, cool climate Merlot wines have a more structured profile and can be mistaken for Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool climate Merlot wines include many famed Right Bank Bordeaux appellations, such as Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.

Where Is Merlot Wine Produced?

Merlot’s widespread popularity and suitability for varied climates allow it to be cultivated in numerous countries and regions. France is the largest producer, with nearly two-thirds of the world’s Merlot plantings. But Merlot is also grown in Italy, California, Chile, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, and numerous other locations.

With such a broad range of production locations, Merlot can be found in both “International style” and the traditional “Bordeaux style.” The International style depends on late harvesting to produce a fuller-bodied, high-alcohol wine with velvety tannins and intense plum and blackberry flavors. The Bordeaux style, however, focuses on earlier harvesting, which results in medium-bodied wines with less alcohol and fresh red fruit flavors.

Merlot Varietals and Blends

Merlot is a key blending grape in red wines made from multiple grape varieties, but it is also available in varietal wines that are entirely or almost entirely produced from the Merlot grape.

As one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, Merlot is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In traditional Bordeaux blends, Merlot adds a smoother texture and mouthfeel, with its particular influence depending on the specific region and appellation.

In the famous Pomerol appellation, the prestigious Château Pétrus is composed almost entirely of Merlot. The iron-clay soils of the region provide Merlot with more tannins than are found in other Bordeaux appellations. Merlot is also commonly used in blends in Italy, where its lower acidity balances the higher acidity of other indigenous Italian grape varieties.

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Food Pairings for Merlot Wine

Merlot’s diverse range of styles lends itself to a wide array of food pairings. Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with red meats, while softer, fruitier Merlots pair well with the same foods as Pinot Noir, such as salmon, mushrooms, and green vegetables. Light-bodied Merlots go well with shellfish dishes.

How Should Merlot Be Served?

Merlot is best enjoyed at a temperature of around 60–65°F (16–18°C). If the wine is too warm, the alcohol will overpower the delicate flavors, while serving it too cold may mute the flavors and aromas. Decanting Merlot, especially younger or more tannic wines, can help soften the tannins and enhance the overall tasting experience.

Alternatives to Merlot Wine

If you enjoy the characteristics of Merlot but are looking for something new to try, there are several alternatives worth exploring. For a similarly fruit-forward and full-bodied wine, consider trying an Argentinian Malbec or a Californian Zinfandel

For a more earthy and structured experience akin to cool climate Merlots, venture into the realm of French Cabernet Francs or Chilean Carménères. Each of these alternatives brings its own unique characteristics to the table while still providing a sense of familiarity for those who appreciate the qualities of Merlot.