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Snooth User: corrinesusan

Best low to moderate merlots you might suggest. I like a full bodied, chocholaty merlot.

Posted by corrinesusan, Jul 1, 2010.

Any suggestions on Merlots 15.00 a bottle or less?  Thanks.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 1, 2010.

Hi there and welcome to Snooth!


You might want to explore Washingtone State's Merlot. Many are in that rich, chocolaty and ripe fruit style.


Some that fit your price are:

And this great value


I hope you find something you enjoy.




Reply by StevenBabb, Jul 1, 2010.

i was going to suggest columbia crest, too.... great winery...

also try hawk crest, a second label to staggs leap, out of napa, maybe not quite the chocolatey profile you were looking for, but a good buy at the $13-15.00 dollar range..

Reply by lingprof, Jul 2, 2010.

I like ferrari-carano a lot:

I got it for $16, but you may need to shop around.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 2, 2010.

Maybe I'm throwing a curve here, but how about some nice summer drinking in a dry rosé made from merlot? It's even from Bordeaux, and best of all under $10:

2008 La Gatte Rosé, Bordeaux 

And for something very much darker colored, and yes 'chocolatey', you could try:

2008 Charles Smith "The Velvet Devil" Washington Merlot

Personally, I'd prefer this Bordeaux second label for drinking with food:

2006 Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon

For something from Napa, just a little bit north of $15 you could do worse than this:

2007 Parcel 41 Napa Valley Merlot

And for something also Napa but bigger, with more structure, though just north of $20 you could do a lot worse than this:

2006 Swanson Napa Valley Merlot


Too bad there's no more Havens merlot circulating any longer. It was a quite good merlot that usually went for around $30 but since the winery went out of business last year you could get loads of it for just north of $10 for a few months at the beginning of this year. Guess that was a one-time deal, for that winery at least...

Oops, allow me to eat my words:

Reply by WineoftheMonthClub, Jul 2, 2010.

This is a buck more than your price range cutoff ($15.99 once you log onto the website), but the Burnside Road from Sonoma is a really excellent wine: youthful with tons of berries and chocolate in the nose and body, earthy in the mid-palate, and a strong vanilla character from the oak.

There's another really excellent Merlot we're featuring for this month called Angel's Secret, also from Sonoma. This one just blasts through the glass: rich deep fruit, chocolate, dust, earth, with a firm black cherry and cranberry component. All this without being over-the top. It's just a tad bit more at $16.99 once you log onto the website:

Reply by DreamerInTheWind, Jul 2, 2010.

I recently found Gnarly Head Wines....and I am quite impressed with thier Chard and Merlot! give it a glance:) Prices range from 12.oo- 16.oo a bottle

Reply by DreamerInTheWind, Jul 2, 2010.

I forgot to add which years I sampled......the merlot was 2005, and the Chard was 2006

Reply by wlstiles3, Jul 8, 2010.

2005 Duck Pond Cellars, Red Diamond 07 and 14 Hands are my suggestions.  Washington has loads of very good inexpensive Merlots that are very well crafted.  The Duck Pond is exceptional at 10 bucks a bottle.

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