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Grape Type: Merlot

Merlot

Merlot is a dark blue grape that is used for blending with varietal wines and is one of the most popular red wines in the world today. Merlot is one of the main grapes types used in Bordeaux wine and is grown widely all over the globe. In 2004, Merlot was considered as the third most grown grape type in the world, and placed the variety behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines with Merlot grapes often have rich and deep plum, currant, and berry fragrances. In 1855, the grape variety was introduced in Italy, and then Merlot was recorded in Switzerland in the 19th century. The grape variety became very popular in the United States in the 1990s. It remains as a popular choice because of the sweet fruit flavors and easy-to-pronounce name. Merlot  grapes have a higher sugar content than Cabernet Sauvignon and thrives in cold soil or clay. There are three styles of Merlot, but a White Merlot wine variety, which has a light raspberry aroma, is also available. Merlot is a great companion to grilled meats, and salmon, greens, and scallops or shrimp. Due to the capsaicins in spicy food, the alcohol in Merlot is highlighted, making it bitter to the taste.

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Siegel San Elias Merlot 2017

Siegel San Elias Merlot is 100 percent Merlot

Soft, rich and concentrated with juicy plum and blackberry fruits, soft tannins and a velvety texture.

Try with hearty stews, pasta and roast red meats.

Chateau des Arnauds Bordeaux Rouge 2015

Chateau des Arnauds Bordeaux Rouge is made from 100% Merlot.

The wine shows a deep red purple color and intense aromas of black fruits (blackcurrant, black cherry) with hints of liquorice. Very fruity and well-balanced. It is powerful and well structured in the mouth with round and silky tannins, ripe flavors of black fruits. Strong and a slightly spicy finish.

Grapes are coming from 30 year old vines planted on gravelly soils. 

The land benefits from sun exposure, warmth and humidity that are strong assets for the vine culture.

The wine pairs well with game meat and beef on the grill.

Riebeek Merlot 2016

Riebeek Cellars Merlot is made from 100% Merlot.

Grapes were cold soaked overnight. Inoculated with selective yeast. Fermentation took place at 24 - 26 degree Celsius. Wine were pressed at
above 2 degree Balling. Malolactic fermentation finished in stainless steel tanks. Oak maturation include French oak chips, French oak staves and 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. All blended together to perfection.

The style is elegant with distinctive red berries and well-integrated wood flavors on the nose. The pallet is velvety and smooth with an aftertaste that lingers with the juicy flavors of abundant berries.

At room temperature or slightly chilled. Enjoy with pasta or light meat dishes. 

Mandolin Merlot 2015

Mandolin Merlot is 100 percent Merlot

With its maritime influence, California's Central Coast region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Merlot features ripe cherry fruit complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from nicely integrated oak.

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2013

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2013 is 100 percent Merlot

Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley 2015

Waterstone Merlot Napa Valley is 100 percent Merlot

Sweet cherry, ripe plum, hints of vanilla and overtones of anise and aged leather appear in the aroma. On the palate, this generous wine features cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with supple tannins and a lingering finish.

Landes Caprices d'Anais Rose 2016

Landes Caprices d'Anais Rose is made from 50% Merlot + 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

This cuvée was created in 2005 to honor Nicolas's first daughter Anais. Caprice d'Anais means "Anais' Whim".

Color: Pale pink with salmon hues. 
Aromas: quite aromatic nose dominated with floral (linden and elderberry) and fruity (cherry, strawberry and raspberry) notes. 
Flavors: Quite similar to the aromas, with red fruit and floral flavors. The wine is easy to drink with a good fresh and zesty finish.

Great on its own during summer time, it will also pair very well with grilled salmon, salads, roasted chicken or any white meat dish.

 


Review:

"The Caprices l'Anais is a fragrant wine offering strawberry and cherry freshness and flavor on the palate. It is soft on the attack with a lovely mouth feel good acidity and a crisp finish. - Don Winkler"

- International Wine Review (May 4th 2015), 89 pts

Landes Caprices d'Anais Rose 2017

Landes Caprices d'Anais Rose is made from 50% Merlot + 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

This cuvée was created in 2005 to honor Nicolas's first daughter Anais. Caprice d'Anais means "Anais' Whim".

Color: Pale pink with salmon hues. 
Aromas: quite aromatic nose dominated with floral (linden and elderberry) and fruity (cherry, strawberry and raspberry) notes. 
Flavors: Quite similar to the aromas, with red fruit and floral flavors. The wine is easy to drink with a good fresh and zesty finish.

Great on its own during summer time, it will also pair very well with grilled salmon, salads, roasted chicken or any white meat dish.

   

Brulesecaille Rouge Grande Reserve 2015

55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec.

The color is deep dark ruby. limpid and brilliant. The nose is intense and complex with hints of blackberries, sweet spicies, noble plain chocolate and Vanilla. The palate is full bodied, very long with well integrated tannins. The finish is very fresh and luscious with toasted notes in the background.

Average age of the vines is 30 years.
Manual harvest from September 21th to October 7th 2015.
Upon arrival at the winery, only the best grapes were selected using a sorting table.
Skin contact maceration during 2 weeks in temperature controlled vats.
Aged 12 months in Oak barrels. (1/3 new oak, 1/3 1 year old and 1/3 two year old barrels). They use 60% French Oak and 40% American Oak.

Served with red meat (beef filet, sirloin),  pork tenderloin, roasted duck breast with honey&orange sauce, roasted lamb with thyme, poultry and fine cheese.

Graviere La Rouge Cuvee les Terrasses 2015

Graviere La Rouge Cuvee les Terrasses is made of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep red color with a narrow purple rim. Attractive aromas of ripe, juicy cherry and blackberry over spice, integrated toasted aromas. The palate is balanced and full-bodied with supple tannins, displaying rich cherry flavors combined with gentle toasting characters and a touch of spice. The finish is lasting with a bitter almond aftertaste.

Average age of the vines is 25 years. 
Manual harvest from September 21th to October 7th 2015.
Upon arrival at the winery, only the best grapes were selected using a sorting table.
Skin contact maceration during 2 weeks in temperature controlled vats. 
75% of the final wine was aged in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves and blended with 25% of wine aged in barrels.

Serve with red, white meats, poultry and fine cheeses.


Font du Jeu Cotes de Bordeaux 2015


Font du Jeu Cotes de Bordeaux  is made of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc,10% Cabernet Sauvignon

The nose is filled with blackberry and blackcurrant fruits, licorice and vanillin. Medium-bodied with a solid texture of dark fruit, roasted coffee, and spice flavors. Long finish.

Traditional vinification in small tanks. Four week maceration. Aging in 2-3 year old oak barrels for 16 months. No fining, no filtration.

great with "Entrecote a la Bordelaise" which is Beef Steak marinated in red wine with Shallots.


Landes Cuvee Tradition Lussac Saint Emilion 2015

Landes Cuvee Tradition Lussac Saint Emilion is made from 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc

Color: deep ruby intense color.
Aroma: racy and aromatic nose with aromas of ripe red fruit.
Taste: this wine is silky, round and smooth first taste, with aromas of raspberries, and blackcurrant, powerful and complex finish.

Suau Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2015

The wine is made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.
The grapes are destemmed then sorted on a table in the cellar. Cold maceration before fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks with pumping over and punching of the cap.
With its ruby color, the wine offers notes of liquorice, cherries jam and toast. It’s full-bodied, fleshy, ample and well balanced. Serve at 16°-18°C. To go along with poultry and cheese.

Cambon la Pelouse Cru Bourgeois 2015

Cambon la Pelouse Haut Medoc is produced from a careful selection of the grapes. Made from 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Limited yield: 45 hl/ha.
Aged in oak barrels for 12 months (50% new oak). Intense ruby/purple color. Delicate aromas of red fruit, liquorice, vanilla and caramel. Ripe fruit flavors, well balanced, great harmonious structure, silky tannins and a good length.

Pairs well with game and red meats, cured cheeses.

 

Bellevue Cotes de Bordeaux-Castillon Vielles Vignes 2015

Bellevue Cotes de Castillon Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Eleve en Futs de Chene is made from 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc.  Aged in mostly new oak barrels (90% French oak and 10% American oak), and some Château Haut Brion 2nd Barrels.

Boxwood Estate Rose 2017

An attractive pale salmon color, complex nose of very agreeable aromas predominantly white flowers and white pepper with underlying notes of apricot. The body is medium with a rounded palate of flavors including honeydew and lychees with refreshing acidity that is balanced and lingering. It has a medium long finish leaving an impression of aromatic vivacity.

Boxwood Estate Rose is made from 41% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot.

This rosé wine is a blend of one-third whole cluster pressed Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and two-thirds saignée from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The whole cluster portion was harvested in early September when the grapes were ripe enough to lend good fruit character and bright acidity to the wine without adding too dark a color. The saignée portion developed as the various red grapes were harvested throughout the season from mid-September to mid-October. All grapes were hand harvested in bright sunshine. Juice was clarified, then cool fermented using specific cultured yeasts. It was blended in early January.

Winemaker: Zane Katsikis


Willowcroft Merlot 2014

Willowcroft Merlot is made from 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Medium-bodied Merlot with smooth plum & currant notes.

Harvested from Greenstone Vineyards on Sept 29th 2014 (brix 22.1). 
Cold maceration and delestaged (rack-and-return method)
Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 12 months in Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Boxwood Estate Trellis 2015

Boxwood Estate Trellis is made from 73% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

The  Trellis has a bright cherry color. The nose is expressive with aromas of red cherry, raspberry, tobacco, and dried herbs. The pallet is balanced with medium acidity and a medium body. There is prominent raspberry and pomegranate on the pallet. Light dusty tannins fill out the finish of the wine.

Hand harvested, triple sorted, destemmed, gravity fed into open-top stainless steel fermenters
20% bleed, whole berry fermentation separate by varietal
Pump over, 100% manual punch down, 21 day total maceration
Pumped into barrel, free run separated from press wine (1st press only)
Malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging in French oak barrels for 12 months, 12% new, 44% one year and 44% two year


Chateau Castegens Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon 2015

Chateau Castegens Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon is made from 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense and deep vivace red color. 
Nose with black fruit, blackberry, cigar box, licorice, some delicate and integrated oak flavors as well.
In the mouth, we have an explosion of fruit flavors, spice and fine wood. The structure is rich, but the tannins are well integrated already. The finish is long and a slight mintiness give the wine a great length and some purity.

Located on top of a South facing steep vineyard, with great natural water drainage and an excellent sun exposure.
Harvest was conducted by machine in order to get the maximum ripeness. 
Then everything was sorted at the winery in order to get only the best fruit in the tanks.

Wine was aged in French Oak Barrels for 12 months.


Pearmund Cellars Merlot Silver Creek Vineyard 2014

Deep berry flavors offset with hints of an Italian herb garden. Bold fruit complimented by floral aromas. Rich earth, medium, soft, warm and low in tannins.


 
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Niero Cote Rotie Eminence 2013

The wine isa blend of 95% Syrah which gives strenght and structure and 5% Viognier for roundness and aromatic complexity. 
The nose majestically unveils an explosion of delicate aromas of red and black small fruits. The charm goes on through a silky texture, full of integrity and freshness, with fat tannins and a sweet final taste. Wonderful. 

The grapes are coming from a 1.8 hectare (4.50 acres) vineyard. 
The terroirs is made of schist soil on the slopes of "Valliere" and on the terraces of granitic "Coteau de Bassenon".
Vines are 20 years old on average.

Review:

Vivacious and peppery, this delicately framed Côte-Rôtie offers crisp black-cherry and berry flavors accented by savory truffle, leather and spice. Fine, rigid tannins and penetrating black-fruit flavors still need time to integrate. Hold till 2020.- Wine Enthusiast (March 2018), 92 pts

 Wine Enthusiast: 92