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American Wines Merlot


CARTLIDGE & BROWNE NORTH COAST’14 – “Very soft with dark red plum and purple fruit notes with a touch of vanilla and warm oak. Delicious!”…………32.99

CHARLES SMITH WASHINGTON “VELVET DEVIL”’16 –Fantastic aromas and flavors of dark cherries. An amazingly soft Merlot, there is nothing evil about this wine whatsoever.”………32.99

COLUMBIA CREST COLUMBIA VALLEY “RESERVE”’00 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION –“Smooth and generous, a lovely, lively mouthful of dark berry, currant and subtle spice flavors, all mingling harmoniously on the long, polished finish.”…108.99



FLORA SPRINGS NAPA’13……………….64.99

FOLIE A DEUX ALEXANDER’13 – Lipstick cherry and vanilla provide a burst of red fruit succulence around a core of big oak and a leathery midpalate marked by dried sage. Drying tannins belabor the finish, before rediscovering its lovely, though bold, expression of fruit.”…40.99



HELLER ESTATE CARMEL VALLEY ORGANIC” ’11 Dark berry hue, plum and oak spice aromas, easy oak, rich chocolate; approachable with stylish finish.”..64.99

HOURGLASS NAPA “BLUELINE ESTATE”’13   Focused and sleek, with aromas of red currant and tomato leaf leading to elegantly complex flavors of plush cherry, mocha and spice. Tannins sneak in on the finish.”………….154.99

JARVIS  NAPA “CAVE FERMENTED”’10 – “Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of vanilla cream, root beer, toasty toffee, and plum pie with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mocha, nut, and baking spice driven finish with finely polished tannins. Rich, concentrated, and refined.”……… 174.99

JARVIS  NAPA’12 – “Deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, chocolate toffee and figs, creme brulee, and baking spices with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long black raspberry jam and spice cake finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. An amazingly, smooth, silky and elegant merlot that is drinking beautifully now.”……… 174.99

JONES OF WASHINGTON WAHLUKE SLOPE’12   The wizardry of Wahluke Slope winemaker Victor Palencia continues with this complex, robust, affordable and food-friendly Merlot. Aromas of black currant and red cherry are joined by a whiff of cured meat, light toast and rich red pizza sauce with Italian seasoning. It’s a mouthfilling drink of cherry juice and cassis capped by tantalizing acidity, cola and oregano.”…………………35.99


K. VINTNERS “STONERIDGE” COLUMBIA VALLEY’10 –Enough merlot varietal character to be recognizable — lots of blueberry fruit, a little leather, and a few tannins — and all more or less in balance.”…..92.99

PALOMA NAPA’06 – “Well-structured and focused, with ripe plum, spice and cedar aromas and black cherry and mocha coffee flavors that take on richness and tannins on the finish.”…98.99

PALOMA NAPA’08 – “Offers appealing aromas of red currant and spicy mocha, as well as supple, ripe wild berry and earthy sage flavors that linger toward soft tannins.”…108.99

PRIDE MOUNTAIN NAPA-SONOMA’14 – “Pride’s 2014 Merlot is nicely lifted and aromatically expressive. Bright red stone fruit and floral notes are two of the signatures. This is a decidedly feminine, gracious Merlot. Soft tannins add to the wine’s considerable near and medium term appeal”.………..124.99

PROVENANCE NAPA “THREE PALMS”’06 “Offers good depth and structure, with red currant and sage aromas and black cherry, licorice and toasty vanilla flavors that finish with tight tannins.”…77.99


ST. SUPERY NAPA MERLOT’12 –Well-built and focused, with red currant and spicy, toasty aromas, featuring sleek flavors of black cherry, lead pencil and subtle herb.”……94.99

ST. SUPERY NAPA “RUTHERFORD HILL”’13 –Richness meets good structure in this polished Merlot. Aromas of cherry and dark chocolate lead to layered flavors of plum and orange zest.”…….104.99

SEVEN HILLS WALLA WALLA’13  Walla Walla’s Casey McClellan began working with Merlot in 1982, and his expertise with the variety made him an clear choice to serve on the “home team” portion of the winemakers’ Merlot panel during this year’s Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine festival. His expression from vineyards on Red Mountain, the Wahluke Slope and his home valley produces a youthful Merlot and serves as another marvelous example of his winemaking prowess. Aromas of Bing cherry, dusty elderberry, Aussie-style blueberry licorice and thyme lead to a lovely mouth feel of black currant, chocolate-coverage pomegranate and more elderberry. The focus is on the fruit, backed by a long finish of cherry-rhubarb compote, Assam tea and sweet tobacco.”……74.99

TEIRA SONOMA’10………………………….37.99

TREFETHEN NAPA’15 – “Generous on the nose with ripe blackberry fruit, delicate oak and a smoky herbal note. Well textured on the palate with acidity providing good balance.”…..74.99


TRINCHERO NAPA RUTHERFORDCHICKEN RANCH”’09 – A real good sipping and food wine, this merlot shows off its bright red fruit in what t A real good sipping and food wine, this merlot shows off its bright red fruit in what the winemaker feels is “more rustic and Old World in style” than his other wines. It sports a full berry nose with hints of pepper, and lots of sour cherries and raspberries dominate the mid-palate. A lighter-bodied winehe winemaker feels is “more rustic and Old World in style” than his other wines. It sports a full berry nose with hints of pepper, and lots of sour cherries and raspberries dominate the mid-palate. A lighter-bodied wine.”…..84.99

TWOMEY NAPA MERLOT’14 – “Stand up Merlot and show yourself!  Over the course of the last three decades, Merlot has flourished in places beyond the right bank of Bordeaux.  But many experts have found it difficult to describe the attributes of a new world Merlot.  The 2014 Twomey by Silver Oak is excellent Merlot that underscores the issue.  The wine is showy with black fruit, boysenberries, and oak.  Certainly not attributes one would use with Pomerol or Saint-Emilion, but perfectly happy in the Napa Valley.”……134.99