Merlot: Articles on the Merlot Red Wine Grape Varietal

A Month of Merlot

Like the talented child who has been overshadowed by his elder bother, Merlot is finally beginning to regain its birthright. The self-proclaimed Merlot Month of October is as good a time as any to celebrate this grape. IntoWine hand selected four Merlots to help you rediscover why Merlot is so good.

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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2015 Domaine Jean Bousquet Merlot Organic Wine, Argentin, Tupongato - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
84

Under $15.  This is solid.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries and a slight herbal note.  On the palate, tart cherries.  Easy drinking.  Not a ton of acidity

2014 Nine North Wine Company Merlot Parcel 41, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
89

This is one of those wines that tends to be served at parties, weddings, etc.  And that's a good thing.  For around $20 or less, this is a tasty wine.  The nose has dark cherries and

2014 Waterstone Merlot, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90

Very nice California Merlot.  Purple in color.  The nose has nice dark cherries with little oak.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Slight structure.  Dark cherries, again

Sonoma's Must Try Merlots - 2015 Best of Sonoma

 

For the 2015 Best of Sonoma Lists we surveyed hundreds of local vintners asking for their inside perspective of the best wines, tasting rooms, and restaurants in Sonoma. 

There are certain Merlots that no self-respecting wine connoisseur can leave Sonoma without trying. To help hone the list to the top producers, we asked over a hundred local vintners to recommend their top Sonoma Merlots (under $100).

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.

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