What to Drink Right Now: Merlot Season!

       Merlot season is upon us. While you might be outside enjoying your firepit, or inside by a fireplace, there are many, absolutely yummy, options to accompany you and your s’mores. My top three favorites are from Napa, but you can’t go wrong with any of the six wines listed below.

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       Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot 2014. This wine is rich, with notes of ripe, red and black fruit, and mocha. It’s from California, and a steal at only $21.

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       Markham Estate Merlot 2015. This lovely medium bodied red has pronounced notes of chocolate and cherry. This $25 vino is also from Napa California.

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       Charles Krug Napa Valley Merlot 2014. From California and retailing at about $25, this wine is silky and rich with ripe red and black fruit, chocolate and earth. Smooth and lovely with a finish that just makes you want more.

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       Decoy Sonoma County 2016 Merlot. It’s important to let this wine open to enjoy its delicious juiciness. Decant, aerate or just leave open for a bit. It was noticeably better day two. Retails at $25 from California.

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       Nine Hats Columbia Valley Merlot 2014. A drier version of Merlot, with pronounced notes of blueberry and bittersweet chocolate. This Merlot has a bit of Cab Franc, 13%, which adds an earthiness and a long dry finish. It’s from Washington and retails at about $25.

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       Januik Merlot Champoux Vineyard 2015. This $40 wine from Washington is luscious with layered notes of blueberry, brambly fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, and earth. Beware when shopping to purchase the Januik Merlot from the Champoux Vineyard. The fruit costs a bit more, and it is a more expensive barrel fermentation.

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