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I can’t remember the last time someone asked for bottle of Merlot while working my shift in wine store.

Sideaways

Did Sideways movie in 2004 damage reputation of Merlot?

It was 15 years ago and mediocre Merlot that existed in late 1990’s has been replaced with new vineyards and improved wine-making. Today Merlot is 4th in USA vineyard acreage behind Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But internationally Merlot vineyard acreage ranks #1 and it’s no surprise that France is top-producing country. World renowned right bank Bordeaux is Merlot-based and first growth Merlots such as Petrus and Le Pin are the most prized wines in world.

Petrus

Petrus 100% Merlot 2017 vintage $2,900

Finally, Merlot is making a comeback in USA – October is International Merlot Month and hashtag #MerlotMe talks Merlot topics. Merlot wines are still a bargain compared to California Cabs and Pinot Noir but this will change as Merlot regains traction.

TrigPoiint_Merlot2017

TRIG POINT Merlot 2017
Diamond Dust Vineyard
Alexander Valley, Calif $19

Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt has reputation for producing single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from esteemed properties in Napa (Oakville) and Alexander Valley.
Winemaker says “Dark garnet color; plush and ripe with cherry, strawberry, and white pepper aromas. Entry is broad and expansive with black cherry, wild blackberry, rhubarb, and ripe plum flavors. The wine is velvety smooth and rich on the mid-palate. Full-bodied. Finishes with a hint of clove.”
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