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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


CHARLES KRUG NAPA “PETER MONDAVI FAMILY”’12  Well-crafted and easy to drink, with notes of black cherry, toasted spice and tomato leaf.”………….52.99


CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE COLUMBIA “CANOE RIDGE’12  The 2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot is a bit oaky when first opened but that dissipates nicely with some time in the glass. Taking a sniff shows excellent aromas of black cherry, spice, floral notes, licorice, herbs and even a bit of tobacco. The wine tastes even better than it smells with a smooth and silky mouthfeel and wonderful balance. All those varied aromas from the nose continue to develop and combine with delicious dark berry fruit. Oak influences also add to the complexity. The wine ends dry, grippy and dusty with fantastic length.”……49.99

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

COLUMBIA WINERY COLUMBIA VALLEY’13 – “This dark ruby colored Merlot from the Columbia Valley opens with a black raspberry bouquet with hints of Dr. Pepper. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a juicy plum with notes of black cherry with hints of vanilla oak and touch of cranberry. The finish is dry and its sticky oak tannins linger for quite a while after it is gone.”……… 29.99


DUCKHORN NAPA’13  – “A soft and fruity red with blackberry, blueberry character and hints of bitter orange. Full body, firm tannins and fresh finish.”……85.99

DUCKHORN NAPA “THREE PALMS”’13  Combines good structure with a supple texture, showing aromas of red currant and dark chocolate and layered flavors of cherry, spice and licorice.”………….159.99


FLORA SPRINGS NAPA’13……………….59.99



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

JOEL GOTT CALIFORNIA’14–Plush and zesty, with easygoing black cherry and spicy mocha flavors.”………29.99


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

PAHLMEYER NAPA’05 – “A star in this group.  Plush, rich and enormously concentrated, powerful yet polished, with a long, intense finish.”…153.99

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

PRISONER WINE COMPANY “THORN” NAPA’12 – “The Thorn offers up alluring notes of cherry, plum, with subtle hints of white pepper and sage.  The palate is well-structured, indicative of the superior vineyards that are being sourced.  Layers of black cherry, rich plum, and graphite-like minerality culminate in a lovely, persistent finish.”…..89.99

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


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

TEIRA SONOMA’10………………………….34.99

TREFETHEN NAPA “OAK KNOLL”’13   A tantalizing wine, the 2013 Trefethen Family Vineyards Merlot plays delicately on the palate. The wine’s red fruit, dried earth and savory herbs clearly speak of the grape. It’s medium bodied and soft tannin delivery is gentle and soothing on the palate. Drinking well now.”………….46.99


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