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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



FERRARI CARANO ALEXANDER VALLEY’15 – A bright red, with snappy flavors of red plum, currant and cherry that mix easily. Finishes with hints of dark chocolate. Crisp and tannic.”……36.99

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



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


MATANZAS CREEK SONOMA “SONOMA VALLEY”’94 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Smooth and rich, with a scent of dill leading to currant and plum flavors, finishing with anise, mineral and herb notes, turning complex.”…138.99

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

PRISONER WINE COMPANY NAPA “THORN”’14 – “A blend of merlot (77 percent) with malbec and syrah, this is sappy red has plenty of density without excess weight, the flavors as dark as bitter chocolate, simple and rich.”……84.99

PRISONER WINE COMPANY NAPA “THORN’16 – “The 2016 Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot snuck up on me. At first, I enjoyed it. As it aerated, I found myself returning for additional sips and savors. TASTING NOTES: This wine is deep, yet stylish and mindful of the grape’s inherent qualities. Its aromas and flavors of berries, savory spices.”……72.99


ROMBAUER NAPA’16 – “The 2016 Merlot Napa Valley is blended of 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and offers simple scents of baked plums and cherry cordial with a hint of pencil shavings. The palate is medium-bodied, soft and juicy with good balance.”……89.99

ST. FRANCIS SONOMA’15 – “This wine is beautifully balanced and has the right stuff. Its aromas and flavors of ripe, black fruit, an accent of oak, a suggestion of leather.”……69.99

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

TEIRA SONOMA’10………………………….37.99

TREFETHEN NAPA – OAK KNOLL’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 (BY SILVER OAK)’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