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American Wines Merlot

ARROWOOD SONOMA “UNFINED & UNFILTERED’04 – Bursts with cherry, toasty oak and coffee aromas and offers pretty, layered wild berry, spice and caramel flavors that build richness on the finish.”…77.99

BERINGER NAPA “BRANCOTT’’97 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION..142.99

CARTLIDGE & BROWNE NORTH COAST’14 – “Very soft with dark red plum and purple fruit notes with a touch of vanilla and warm oak. Delicious!”…………29.99

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.”………29.99

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.”…103.99

ESSER MONTEREY’14………29.99

ESTANCIA CENTRAL COAST MERLOT’16……………34.99

FLORA SPRINGS NAPA’13……………….59.99

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.”…37.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY “TRE” CENTRAL COAST’12………………..32.99

HAYES RANCH CALIFORNIA “LUCKY HORSESHOE”’12………34.99

HELLER ESTATE CARMEL VALLEY ORGANIC” ’11 Dark berry hue, plum and oak spice aromas, easy oak, rich chocolate; approachable with stylish finish.”..59.99

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.”………….149.99

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.”……… 169.99

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.”……… 169.99

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.”…………………32.99

JOSEPH CARR CALIFORNIA “JOSH CELLARS”15………………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.”…..87.99

KENDALL JACKSON SONOMA “VINTNER’S RESERVE”’13…………….35.99

NICK GOLDSHMIDT ALEXANDER “CHELSEA”’14  This is a fine wine, reflective of the vintage’s generosity and approachable nature, giving off flavors of vanilla, cherry and currant alongside a sanguine, gamey character and smoky full-bodied ripeness.”………….39.99

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.”…93.99

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.”…103.99

PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS SONOMA-NAPA’13 – Today, the Merlot is deep, dense and powerful, but it also drinks surprisingly well for the year. Dark cherry, mocha, plum, smoke, licorice, spice and French oak are all quite forward. Drink this plump, giving Merlot over the next handful of years. The 40% new French oak is a bit dominant today.”………………119.99

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”.………..119.99

PRISONER WINE COMPANY NAPA “THORN” MERLOT’14  –  “This is a full-bodied big-shouldered wine blended with Malbec and Syrah, that’s inky and dark. Grippy tenacious oak surrounds a mouthful of black olive, black plum and tobacco.”…….84.99

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.”…72.99

QUEEN OF HEARTS SANTA BARBARA’11……………………..32.99

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.”……89.99

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.”…….99.99

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.”……69.99

SILVERADO NAPA “MT. GEORGE”’13 – Silverado’s 2013 Merlot is powerful and intense, with all the brightness and floral lift that is so typical of wines from Coombsville. Pungent red cherry, pomegranate, rose petal and blood orange notes give the 2013 much of its distinctive signatures.”………74.99

TEIRA SONOMA’10………………………….34.99

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.”…..69.99

TRICHERO RUTHERFORD/NAPA “DAY BREAK BLOCK”’08…72.99

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.”…..79.99

TWOMEY NAPA MERLOT’14……129.99

YORKVILLE CELLARS MENDOCINO “RENNIE”’0845.99