Merlot: Articles on the Merlot Red Wine Grape Varietal

Villa Calcinaia Casarsa 2004 - IntoWineTV Episode 117

"Super Tuscans". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Rob Renteria taste and discuss the 04 Villa Calcinaia Casarsa.

Wine Tasting Videos: @#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock

In these episodes of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Laely Heron, and Loren Sonkin convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss Merlots that rock.

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Cheval Blanc: The “First Growth” of the Right Bank

When the wines of Bordeaux were classified in 1855 all of the wines were from the Left Bank of the Gironde River.  In fact, with the exception of Haut Brion, which is from Graves, all of the wines classified were from the Medoc.  Since that time, the winemaking areas of Bordeaux have greatly expanded.  Some of the best wines in Bordeaux are now made on the Right Bank including some of the most expensive wines in the entire world. 

While there is no official classification system for all of Bordeaux, there can be no doubt that if such a system was implemented today, at least a few Right Bank wineries would make the list.  Perhaps no winery deserves the mythical first growth of the Right Bank title more than Cheval Blanc.  In fact, the wines of Saint Émilion, a commune on the Right Bank, were ranked in 1955 and Cheval Blanc was one of two that received the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A).  Those rankings were redone in 1969, 1986, and 1996 and most recently in 2006 (although that ranking is the subject of an ongoing legal dispute not relevant to Cheval Blanc) and Cheval Blanc has remained a First Growth in every subsequent ranking.

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Campo al Mare Bolgheri 2007 - IntoWineTV Episode 112

"Super Tuscans". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Rob Renteria taste and discuss Campo al Mare Bolgheri 2007.

2003 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Merlot - IntoWineTV Episode 92

"@#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Laely Heron, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Loren Sonkin taste and discuss the 2003 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Merlot from Sonoma County, California.

Best Merlot Recommendation (For the Money)

IntoWine asked a panel of wine experts for their best Merlot recommendation taking cost into consideration:

Great Merlots from Napa Valley easily run $50 to $75 and higher. The best value recommendations for Merlots that I’ve rated 92 points or higher in the last couple years—the only two that can be found for under $30—are the ’09 Fields Family from Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll Distric (92+ points, averages $26) and a delicious, complex Merlot from Slovenia, the 2008 Batič (92+ points; $29).

Among Merlots I’ve rated 90 to 91+ points in the last couple years, the best values are Merryvale’s Starmont (averages $24, 91 points), Frostwatch Bennett Valley ($28, 91+ points), Waterbrook Reserve Columbia Valley, Washington ($23, 90 points), Field Stone Alexander Valley ($17, 90 points), and Wildhurst Reserve Lake County ($15, 90+ points). Richard Jennings, IntoWine.com Featured Contributor and the Founder RJonWine.com.

2005 Markham Merlot - IntoWineTV Episode 87

"@#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Laely Heron, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Loren Sonkin taste and discuss the 2005 Markham Merlot from Napa Valley, California.

2004 Havens Reserve Merlot - IntoWineTV Episode 82

"@#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Laely Heron, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Loren Sonkin taste and discuss the 2004 Havens Reserve Merlot from Carneros, Napa Valley, California.

2005 Jenke Vineyards Merlot - IntoWineTV Episode 77

@#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock. Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Laely Heron, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Loren Sonkin taste and discuss the 2005 Jenke Vineyards Merlot from Australia's Barossa Valley.

2006 Duckhorn Merlot - IntoWineTV Episode 72

@#$% Sideways! Merlots that Rock. Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Laely Heron, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Loren Sonkin taste and discuss the 2006 Duckhorn Merlot from Napa Valley, California.

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