Merlot from Around the World Wine Tasting Saturday September 7th - One of the Greatest Grapes that gets no respect!!

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Jack: If they want to drink Merlot, we're drinking Merlot.


Miles Raymond: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fu*&^% Merlot!


 


 


Merlot is the second most planted grape varietal on the planet earth, although its popularity has helped give this outstanding varietal an identity crisis.


The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.


When done right Merlot is one of the greatest wines on the planet.  When it is done wrong it is one of the least enjoyable of all wines.  After the boom of the late 1990’s which was sparked by the nations’ most popular news programs 60 minutes expose called “the French Paradox” where they discovered that the consumption of wine was linked to superior heath in people from France.  The U.S. started drinking more wine and Merlot was the bell of the ball so wineries planted this finicky varietal all over the state of California and beyond to quench the demand for this healthy elixir.  


Little did they know that there are only a few places on earth that can make exceptional Merlot.  So it may have been Merlot’s good fortune that Miles in the movie “Sideways” slowed the popularity of this varietal and stopped wineries from planting this varietal in all the wrong places.


Tonight we will experience the best wine regions that represent this varietal along with a few outsiders that will surprise even the most astute Merlot lovers.  This is a walk around tasting in the Wine Cave and is limited to 50 tasters.  The fee for this event is $45 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.


 


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Merlot Tasting "I get no respect" at Wine Watch Wine Bar

Saturday, September 7th

7:30 PM


 


Southern Glazers


 


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Andrew Will Merlot Columbia Valley 2016

Price: $39.75       Sale $34.98


Lacroix Martillac (Cm) Pessac Leognan Rouge 2011

Price: $33.00       Sale $29.04


Chateau La Fleur Des Rouzes Pomerol 2015

Price: $29.25       Sale $25.74


Chateau Les Moines (Cm) St Emilion Grand Cru 2012

Price: $21.75       Sale $19.14


Trig Point Merlot Diamond Dust Vineyard Alexander Valley 2017

Price: $20.25       Sale $17.82


 


Twenty One Wines


 


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2016 Bonny Doon I Am Not Drinking Any $%&*#! Merlot

Price: $15.75       Sale $13.86         


Bookwalter Merlot Columbia Valley

Price: $27.50       Sale $24.20         


Scarbolo Merlot Fruili 2016 

Price: $19.75       Sale $17.38                         


Wilder & Wilder Merlot Barossa Valley  2017t

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50         


Camp merlot Sonoma 2016

Price: $19.75       Sale $17.38         


Seuil de Mazeyres Pomerol 2014

Price: $33.75       Sale $29.70


Relais de la Dominique St. Emilion Grand Cru 2014

Price: $33.75       Sale $29.70         


Chateau Tauzinat L’Hermitage St. Emilion Grand Cru 2012 

Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40         


Clos Magne Figeac St. Emilion 2016

Price: $23.50       Sale $20.68         


 


Breakthru


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Villa Russiz Merlot Classico Collio DOC

Price: $26.25       Sale $23.10


Seven Hills Merlot Walla Walla

Price: $21.00       Sale $18.48


Provenance Merlot Napa Valley

Price: $24.75       Sale $21.78


Pride Mountain Merlot Napa Valley

Price: $69.75       Sale $61.38


Chateau des Laurets Baron St Emilion

Price: $88.50       Sale $77.88


Chateau Boutisse Grand Cru St Emilion

Price: $39.75       Sale $34.98


 


Republic National


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2014 Steele Stymie Merlot Lake County

Price: $39.75       Sale $34.98         


2015 Twomey Merlot Napa

Price: $67.50       Sale $59.40


2016 Montes Alpha Merlot Colchagua valley

Price: $20.25       Sale $17.82         


2016 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley

Price: $24.75       Sale $21.78         


2012 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru St. Emilion

Price: $55.50       Sale $48.84         


 


 


Menu


 Pulled Pork Spring Rolls with Raspberry Plum Dipping Sauce



Tuna and Wild Mushroom Mini Tacos with Lavender Aioli


Beef Sliders with Cheddar Cheese and All-American Sauce


Pizza:

Crispy Prosciutto, Bermuda Onion, Sundried Tomato and Raspberry Balsamic Drizzle with Fresh Basil


 


This is a walk around tasting and is limited to 50 tasters, the fee for this tasting is $45 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


 


 


Origins of Merlot:


In the late 1990s, researchers at University of California, Davis showed that Merlot is an offspring of Cabernet Franc and is a half-sibling of Carménère, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The identity of the second parent of Merlot wouldn't be discovered till the late 2000s when an obscure and unnamed variety, first sampled in 1996 from vines growing in an abandoned vineyard in Saint-Suliac in Brittany, was shown by DNA analysis to be the mother of Merlot.


This grape, later discovered in front of houses as a decorative vine in the villages of Figers, Mainxe, Saint-Savinien and Tanzac in the Poitou-Charentes was colloquially known as Madeleina or Raisin de La Madeleine due to its propensity to be fully ripe and ready for harvest around the July 22nd feast day of Mary Magdalene. As the connection to Merlot became known, the grape was formally registered under the name Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. Through its relationship with Magdeleine Noire des Charentes Merlot is related to the Southwest France wine grape Abouriou, though the exact nature of that relationship (with Abouriou potentially being either a parent of Magdeleine Noire or an offspring) is not yet known.


Grape breeders have used Merlot crossed with other grapes to create several new varieties including Carmine (an Olmo grape made by crossing a Carignan x Cabernet Sauvignon cross with Merlot), Ederena (with Abouriou), Evmolpia (with Mavrud), Fertilia (with Raboso Veronese), Mamaia (a Romanian wine grape made by crossing a Muscat Ottonel x Babeasca negra cross with Merlot), Nigra (with Barbera), Prodest (with Barbera) and Rebo (with Teroldego).


Over the years, Merlot has spawned on color mutation that is used commercially, a pink-skinned variety known as Merlot gris. However, unlike the relationship between Grenache noir and Grenache blanc or Pinot noir and Pinot blanc, the variety known as Merlot blanc is not a color mutation but rather an offspring variety of Merlot crossing with Folle blanche.


 


 


California Merlot


 


2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyard

Price: $84.00    Your Price: $73.92               Quantity in Stock: 7


2005 Benziger Merlot Rose Ranch Sonoma

Price: $39.00    Your Price: $34.32               Quantity in Stock: 1


2004 Benziger Merlot Rose Ranch Sonoma

Price: $39.00    Your Price: $34.32               Quantity in Stock: 1


2016 Bonny Doon 2016 I Am Not Drinking Any $%&*#! Merlot

Price: $15.75    Your Price: $13.86               Quantity in Stock: 22


2014 Buccella Merlot Napa

Price: $129.00    Your Price: $113.52          Quantity in Stock: 9


2015 Cakebread Merlot Napa

Price: $67.50    Your Price: $59.40               Quantity in Stock: 3


2014 Duckhorn Merlot Napa

Price: $57.75    Your Price: $50.82               Quantity in Stock: 4


2015 Duckhorn Merlot Napa

Price: $45.00    Your Price: $39.60               Quantity in Stock: 4


2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot

Price: $199.00    Your Price: $175.12          Quantity in Stock: 18


2015 Fait Main Todeschini Asteria Vineyards Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $235.00    Your Price: $206.80          Quantity in Stock: 12


2015 Flora Springs Merlot Napa

Price: $25.50    Your Price: $22.44               Quantity in Stock: 1


2014 Freemark Abbey Merlot Napa

Price: $32.50    Your Price: $28.60               Quantity in Stock: 9


2015 Hourglass Merlot Blueline Vineyard Napa

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00               Quantity in Stock: 10


2016 Lewis Merlot Napa

Price: $88.50    Your Price: $77.88               Quantity in Stock: 31


2002 Marilyn Merlot California

Price: $45.00    Sale Price: $35.00                Quantity in Stock: 1


2004 Marilyn Merlot Velvet Collection MAGNUM

Price: $169.00    Your Price: $148.72          Quantity in Stock: 1


2014 Matanzas Creek Merlot Sonoma Creek

Price: $23.75    Your Price: $20.90               Quantity in Stock: 76


2015 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa

Price: $99.00    Your Price: $87.12               Quantity in Stock: 12


2016 Plumpjack Merlot

Price: $72.00    Your Price: $63.36               Quantity in Stock: 1


2012 Sterling Merlot

Price: $32.75    Your Price: $28.82               Quantity in Stock: 4


2013 Thorn Merlot Napa

Price: $37.50    Your Price: $33.00               Quantity in Stock: 7


2003 Whitehall Lane Merlot Napa

Price: $29.00    Your Price: $25.52               Quantity in Stock: 1


 


Italian


2003 Baracchi Smeriglio Cortona Merlot

Price: $29.00    Your Price: $25.52               Quantity in Stock: 8


2004 Baracchi Smeriglio Cortona Merlot

Price: $29.00    Your Price: $25.52               Quantity in Stock: 9


2005 Baracchi Smeriglio Merlot Cortona

Price: $29.00    Your Price: $25.52               Quantity in Stock: 5


2007 Castello delle Regine Merlot

Price: $53.25    Your Price: $46.86               Quantity in Stock: 8


2001 Ornellaia Masseto Tuscany

Price: $1395.00    Your Price: $1227.60      Quantity in Stock: 4


2015 Lucente Merlot Sangiovese Tuscany

Price: $26.25    Your Price: $23.10               Quantity in Stock: 12


2015 Tenuta San Guisto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

Price: $160.00    Sale Price: $140.80           Quantity in Stock: 3


2011 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano La Ricolma Merlot Toscana IGT

Price: $120.00    Your Price: $105.60          Quantity in Stock: 3


2009 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano La Ricolma Merlot Toscana IGT Tuscany MAGNUM

Price: $239.00    Your Price: $210.32          Quantity in Stock: 1


2015 Tenuta San Guisto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma 3 Liter

Price: $795.00    Your Price: $699.60          Quantity in Stock: 1


2015 Tenuta San Guisto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma Magnum

Price: $336.00    Your Price: $295.68          Quantity in Stock: 6


2015 Villa Russiz Merlot Collio

Price: $26.25    Your Price: $23.10               Quantity in Stock: 4


2002 Weingut untermoserhof Ramoser Merlot Sudtiroler

Price: $45.00    Your Price: $39.60               Quantity in Stock: 5


 


Washington State


 


2015 Bookwalter Readers Merlot Columbia Valley

Price: $27.50    Your Price: $24.20               Quantity in Stock: 8


2014 Bookwalter Readers Merlot Columbia Valley

Price: $27.50    Your Price: $24.20               Quantity in Stock: 2


2013 Passing Time Merlot Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain

Price: $56.25    Your Price: $49.50               Quantity in Stock: 10


2015 Pedestal Merlot Columbia Valley

Price: $70.50    Your Price: $62.04               Quantity in Stock: 4


2014 Pepper Bridge Merlot Columbia Valley

Price: $63.75    Sale Price: $56.10                Quantity in Stock: 6


 


Bordeaux – Saint Emilion


 


1995 Chateau L'Arrosee Saint Emilion

Price: $106.00    Your Price: $93.28             Quantity in Stock: 9


2005 Chateau Barde Haut Saint Emilion

Price: $85.00    Sale Price: $69.00                Quantity in Stock: 2


1996 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $154.75    Your Price: $136.18          Quantity in Stock: 2


1986 Chateau Canon Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $149.00    Your Price: $131.12          Quantity in Stock: 3


1989 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $679.00    Your Price: $597.52          Quantity in Stock: 1


2005 Chateau Le Dome Saint Emilion

Price: $249.00    Your Price: $219.12          Quantity in Stock: 2


2009 Chateau Le Dome Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $259.00    Your Price: $227.92          Quantity in Stock: 1


2015 Chateau Godeau Ducarpe Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $28.75    Your Price: $25.30               Quantity in Stock: 6


2010 Chateau Laforge Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $55.00    Sale Price: $45.00                Quantity in Stock: 3


2014 Chateau Larcis Ducasse Saint Emilion

Price: $79.00    Your Price: $69.52               Quantity in Stock: 2


2016 Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $37.00    Your Price: $32.56               Quantity in Stock: 3


2015 Chateau Pavillon Daugay Saint Emilion

Price: $26.75    Your Price: $23.54               Quantity in Stock: 23


1989 Chateau Trotte Vieille Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $165.00    Your Price: $145.20          Quantity in Stock: 2


2010 Chateau Vieux Rivallon Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Price: $39.75    Your Price: $34.98               Quantity in Stock: 5


 


Pomerol


1986 Chateau Certan De May Pomerol

Price: $226.00    Your Price: $198.88          Quantity in Stock: 7


2015 Chateau Certan De May Pomerol

Price: $160.50    Your Price: $141.24          Quantity in Stock: 4


2008 Fleur de Clinet Pomerol

Price: $36.00    Sale Price: $29.00                Quantity in Stock: 3


2013 Chateau L'Evangile Pomerol

Price: $145.00    Your Price: $127.60          Quantity in Stock: 6


2005 Chateau Gazin Pomerol

Price: $175.00    Sale Price: $130.00           Quantity in Stock: 5


2008 Chateau Latour A Pomerol Pomerol

Price: $99.00    Sale Price: $85.00                Quantity in Stock: 3


2005 Chateau Lafleur Pomerol

Price: $2250.00    Your Price: $1980.00      Quantity in Stock: 6


1995 Chateau Lafleur Pomerol

Price: $815.00    Sale Price: $595.00           Quantity in Stock: 2


1986 Chateau Lafleur Pomerol

Price: $1500.00    Sale Price: $1149.00       Quantity in Stock: 3


1981 Château Lafleur Pomerol (High Shoulder)

Price: $575.00    Sale Price: $475.00           Quantity in Stock: 1


1937 Château La Conseillante Pomerol

Price: $1200.00    Sale Price: $999.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1979 Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol

Price: $225.00    Sale Price: $180.00           Quantity in Stock: 1


2001 Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol

Price: $269.00    Sale Price: $239.00    Quantity in Stock: 1


1989 Chateau La Croix Pomerol

Price: $114.00    Your Price: $100.32          Quantity in Stock: 1


2012 Chateau La Croix du Casse Pomerol

Price: $67.00    Your Price: $58.96               Quantity in Stock: 4


2010 Chateau La Fleur de Gay Pomerol

Price: $125.00    Your Price: $110.00          Quantity in Stock: 2


2010 Le Plus de La Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol

Price: $139.00    Your Price: $122.32          Quantity in Stock: 5


2014 Chateau Lecuyer Pomerol

Price: $54.00    Your Price: $47.52               Quantity in Stock: 12


1982 Chateau Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol

Price: $295.00    Your Price: $259.60          Quantity in Stock: 2


2003 Chateau Montviel Pomerol

Price: $72.00    Your Price: $63.36               Quantity in Stock: 3


2005 Chateau Nenin Pomerol

Price: $95.00    Sale Price: $79.00                Quantity in Stock: 3


2015 Chateau Petit Village Pomerol

Price: $95.00    Sale Price: $79.00                Quantity in Stock: 2


2015 Chateau Petrus Pomerol

Price: $3950.00    Your Price: $3476.00      Quantity in Stock: 1


1995 Chateau Petrus Pomerol

Price: $3500.00    Sale Price: $2599.00       Quantity in Stock: 9


1990 Chateau Petrus Pomerol

Price: $5999.00    Sale Price: $4995.00       Quantity in Stock: 5


1962 Chateau Petrus Pomerol Magnum (Mid Shoulder)

Price: $4250.00    Sale Price: $3500.00       Quantity in Stock: 1


2005 Chateau Rouget Pomerol

Price: $95.00    Sale Price: $79.00                Quantity in Stock: 3


2010 Chateau Tournefeuille La Terrasse Lalande de Pomerol

Price: $49.00    Your Price: $43.12               Quantity in Stock: 3


2002 Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol 6 Liter

Price: $2500.00    Sale Price: $1995.00       Quantity in Stock: 1


 

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