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American Wines Merlot

BENZIGER SONOMA’06  – Benziger Merlot is marked by aromas of bright cherry, red fruit and black plum with notes of vanillin spice which are confirmed on the palate with flavors of blackberry, chocolate and dried herb. Brimming with bright, well-developed fruit, the wine shows a rich, full-bodied middle mouthfeel, fine grained, well-integrated tannins and a long, spice and cream finish.”……….45.99

BERINGER NAPA “BRANCOTT’’96 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION…147.99

BERINGER NAPA “BRANCOTT’’97 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION..147.99

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

CHATEAU ST. JEAN SONOMA’97 – “It has nice cassis and plum aromas. It’s velvety and elegant, with excellent extraction of pure dark fruit and nuances of oak on the long finish”…110.99

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

DUCKHORN NAPA “THREE PALMS”’14 – “A powerful red, with concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and boysenberry that are layered with plenty of rich spice and mineral accents. Touches of slate and cardamom make for a complex finish.”……………..169.99

ESSER MONTEREY’14………32.99

ESTANCIA CENTRAL COAST MERLOT’16……………37.99

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 “DRY CREEK” SONOMA’09……31.99

FROG’S LEAP NAPA’14…………………..79.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY “TRE” CENTRAL COAST’12………………..35.99

HAYES RANCH CALIFORNIA “LUCKY HORSESHOE”’12………37.99

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

JOSEPH CARR CALIFORNIA “JOSH CELLARS”15………………38.99

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

LOLONIS RED WOOD VALLEY “PETROS-HERITAGE”’ – CELLAR AGED SELECTION’02…82.99

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

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY’12……………………………..40.99

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY’12……………………………..36.99

QUEEN OF HEARTS SANTA BARBARA’11……………………..35.99

ROBERT KEENAN NAPA’04 – “Lean and dry, with plum and cedar aromas and dry cherry, mineral and leather flavors that finish with chewy tannins.”…75.99

ROMBAUER  NAPA’13 – “Plump and supple, with red currant and rose petal aromas and elegantly complex flavors of black cherry, mocha and spice.”…………….75.99

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

ROTH ALEXANDER’10  –  Modest in scale, with currant and stone aromas leading to muted cherry and herb flavors.”……49.99

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

TREFETHEN NAPA – OAK KNOLL’17……..74.99

TRICHERO RUTHERFORD/NAPA “DAY BREAK BLOCK”’08…77.99

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

WHITEHALL LANE NAPA’11  –  “The 2011 vintage of Whitehall Lane’s Merlot includes 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, which provide depth and structure to the wine from this unseasonably cool growing season. Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 18 months.”………..65.99