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Castellare Di Castellina Merlot Poggio Ai Merli 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - A pure and delicious expression of Merlot, the 2011 Poggio ai Merli (aged from 15 to 30 months in French oak) shows plush opulence in...
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Poliziano Cortona In Violas 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - A silky, refined red with blueberry, currant and light mint character. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. A merlot that is new...
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Tua Rita Redigaffi 2011 750ml

Rated 99 - I love the aromas of violets with liquorice and subtle brown sugar. This is a full-bodied merlot with fabulous tannins and a wonderful...

2011 Merlot

With its dark blue colored fruits and high juice content, Merlot varietal grapes have long been a favorite of wine producers around the globe, with it being found in vineyards across Europe, the Americas and elsewhere in the New World. One of the distinguishing features of Merlot grapes is the fact that they have a relatively low tannin content and an exceptionally soft and fleshy character, meaning they are capable of producing incredibly rounded and mellow wines. This mellowness is balanced with plenty of flavor, however, and has made Merlot grapes the varietal of choice for softening other, more astringent and tannin-heavy wines, often resulting in truly exceptional produce. Merlot is regarded as one of the key 'Bordeaux' varietals for precisely this reason; when combined with the drier Cabernet Sauvignon, it is capable of blending beautifully to produce some of the finest wines available in the world.