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Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot 2009

Fundamental to our tradition was the early decision to focus on the production of Merlot. Dan Duckhorn felt that this elegant varietal was under appreciated in North America. "I liked the softness, the seductiveness, the color, the fact that it went with a lot of different foods; It seemed to me to be a wonderful wine to just enjoy. I became enchanted with Merlot."

This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish.

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Miner Merlot Stagecoach Vineyard 2007

Challenged by the rocky volcanic soils of this mountainous vineyard site, the vines at Stagecoach produce fruit of extraordinary quality and intensity. This meticulously farmed property is hand-picked according to our winemaker Gary Brookman's specifications. Loaded with rich ripe fruit and spice notes with touches of toasty oak, our Merlot has a nice grip from fine tannins on the lengthy finish.

100% Napa Valley 90% Merlot, 5% Malbec 5% Cabernet Franc

Miner is a dynamic, family-owned winery tucked along the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley. Founded in 1998 by Dave and Emily Miner along with his parents, Ed and Norma, Miner makes reserve style wines using fruit from Napa Valley and other specially selected California vineyards. Winemaker Gary Brookman uses a combination of old world winemaking techniques and modern technology to make wines that reflect the unique characteristics of individual vineyards or “terroir” where specific varietals grow best. The fusion of superb vineyard sites and thoughtful winemaking helps Miner create elegant, expressive wines.

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Stags' Leap Winery Merlot 2008

Blend: 92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Kevin Morrisey's continued commitment to making the well structured wines for which Stags' Leap Winery is known is on display with this 2008 Napa Valley Merlot. The cornerstone of this process is the careful vineyard selection, meticulous farming, and partnering with some of Napa Valley's premiere grape growers.

Aromatics of ripe red cherry and sweet strawberry jam lead to flavors of rich red fruit, toasted almonds, dried thyme, and rosemary with a hint of black truffles. The firm tannic structure holds the melody of flavors together as a full-bodied mid palate carries through to a long finish complete with hints of licorice, black chocolate and orange peel.

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Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2008

Grand Reserve wines are crafted from 100% Jackson Estates Grown grapes which are hand-selected from our vineyard estates. These wines capture the regional expression of the vineyard blocks that we look to year after year. In the winery, artisan winemaking techniques prevail, and aging takes place in small French oak barrels.

From California's breathtaking coastal winegrowing regions, our winemakers draw a rich palette of aromas and flavors to handcraft wines of exceptional depth and complexity. Grand Reserve wines offer rich regional expression and depth of varietal character.

Kendall-Jackson literally turns the winemakers loose in the cellar, drawing off the top three percent of our Estate Grown barrel lots to make Grand Reserve wines. The Grand Reserve wines are the superlative expression of our Vintner's Reserve blending process, more elegantly focused and featuring fruit from just one or two of the top appellations.

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Simi Merlot 2007

98% Merlot, 2%, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep garnet with a ruby edge, our 2007 Sonoma County Merlot generously offers aromas of ripe red cherry, black plum, bright cranberry, clove, cinnamon, hints of cedar and toasty oak, followed by opulent flavors of red plum, cassis, and blackberry preserves that have been gently interlaced with clove. This medium-bodied wine is nicely structured and finishes with soft chocolate. We suggest pairing this Merlot with lasagna Bolognese, prime rib, or coq au vin.

"Our Sonoma County Merlot is a structured, powerful and classic merlot. It is a lush wine with ripe red and black cherry fruit balanced by a subtle oak influence." -Winery

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Clos Du Val Napa Valley Merlot 2008

88% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the now legendary Stags Leap District by American entrepreneur John Goelet and French winemaker Bernard Portet. After a worldwide search to purchase a vineyard property from which to craft world-class wines, 130 acres in Stags Leap and 180 acres in Carneros were chosen, solidifying Clos Du Val’s iconic stature and formidable place in Napa Valley history.
Today, for Head Winemaker John Clews and Assistant Winemaker Kristy Melton, what begins in the vineyards season-after-season represents new opportunities and challenges towards making the distinctive, terroir-driven wines of elegance for which Clos Du Val is known. Full-bodied and deep plum in color, the 2008 Merlot offers aromas of complex black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and a hint of toast. The mouth-feel is warm and rich, with a solid middle and a silky, lingering finish, enabling the wine to pair exceptionally well with roasted meats and poultry, braised beef or pork. Enjoy now and always.

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Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot 2008

98.2% Merlot, 1.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, .4% Cabernet Franc, .2% Malbec, .1% Syrah.

Intricate layers of black cherry, plum, currant, and wild berry flavors with a hint of spice. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish.

"A fine, complex Merlot, appealing for its array of cherry, smoked meat, balsam, soy and pepper flavors. Shows lots of class and finesse for the price. Easy to find with production of more than 50,000 cases."

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Pavilion Crossing Merlot 2010

The 2010 Merlot is dark with deep, rich dark fruit loaded with condensed plum, black cherry and caramelized vanilla. The palate is rich with explosive flavor of raspberries followed by soft, ripe tannins and hint dusty Indian spices to complete its elegant finish.

100% Sonoma County Fruit

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Lockwood Merlot 2008

After a cool morning pick, the fruit was crushed and cold soaked for 48 hours. The must was then inoculated with a yeast strain that encourages a slow fermentation to enhance the aromatic structure of the finished wine. After seven days on the skins, the wine was pressed prior to dryness to obtain an elegant tannin extraction. Our Lockwood Merlot was ready for bottle after 17 months of aging in French oak barrels.

This 2008 Merlot has layers of intense flavors and textures. Aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and tobacco leaf fill the glass. On the palate, the wine offers flavors of dried cranberry, cherry, and black licorice. A silky middle palate, followed by a long toasted oak finish, make this wine a perfect complement to grilled poultry or braised short ribs.

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Blackstone Merlot 2009

84% Merlot 8% Syrah 6% Petite Sirah 1% Sangiovese 1% Cabernet Franc

Our 2009 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Merlot displays a bright strawberry nose with expressive flavors of blackberry and cherry mingling with hints of vanilla and smoky notes from oak aging. Powerful yet supple, with a smooth, lingering finish, this accessible wine pairs wonderfully with beef tenderloin, wild mushroom stew, or planked salmon.

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Bogle Merlot 2009

Concentrated and full-bodied, the 2009 Merlot is a study in contrasts. Subtle and silky, yet bright and intense, this deep red wine is multifaceted. Black raspberry and dark cherry greet the nose, while the brighter fruit of ripe summer plum dazzles the palate. The toast and spice of twelve months in American oak seamlessly integrate with the tannin structure of this wine, leaving a long, lingering finish, which is ready to drink now through 2014.

Our 2009 Merlot can easily be enjoyed on its own or with a multitude of different food pairings: soft cheeses and paté, pork or pasta dishes. Your imagination should be limitless…

100% barrel aged in American Oak for 12 months

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Grayson Merlot 2010

The 2010 Grayson Merlot is sumptuous and rich with a beautiful purple garnet color. The aromas show rich complexity of black cherry preserves, cherries and white chocolate. This is a magnificently decadent Merlot that finishes with soft tannins, dark fruits and elaborate oak.

100% French Oak

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Ravenswood Vintners Blend Merlot 2009

If you’re drawn to the rich and powerful, you’ll be a moth to our Merlot’s flame. Full of smooth tannins, our 2009 vintage shines with bright fruit flavors of black plum and cherry along with olive and spice. Pair with a tower of linguine topped with porcini mushroom sauce or roasted duck breast. Aged in 40% new french oak.

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Smoking Loon Merlot 2009

Our California Merlot has aromas of concentrated wild strawberries and tea leaf, with a touch of herbaceous sage for extra complexity. On the palate, this wine has classic Merlot character, with bright cranberry and cherry flavors and a light herbal note, expertly balanced with integrated oak and hints of milk chocolate. Medium-bodied with moderate tannins, the zesty acidity makes this an excellent wine for food-pairing.

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Rex Goliath Merlot

I really love this wine. There is a certain elegance that fits my vision of the perfect Merlot. Very ripe and round, almost like a Jolly Rancher candy. Mouth-filling flavors of plums, cherries and wild red berries dominate from start to finish. Soft, supple and complex. Pretty and seductive with a decidedly spicy nose of black cherry, cassis and cedar. The burst of juicy acidity paired with soft tannins make this a perfect match for game fowl, such as pheasant or duck. My preference is Rock Cornish game hen, if you can catch one!"

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Woodbridge Merlot 2010

The enticing aromas and flavors of our 2010 Merlot suggest juicy cherries, blackberries, plums, and spicy red fruits with hints of cocoa and spice. The supple tannins give the wine structure, while oak aging adds warm vanilla tones to the lingering finish. Its soft, versatile style complements grilled meats, especially steak, lamb, turkey, and pork. Pour it with wild mushroom risotto, hearty stews, and lasagna, or just sip it with a mellow cheese.