Smoking Loon Merlot  Front Label
Smoking Loon Merlot  Front LabelSmoking Loon Merlot  Front Bottle Shot

Smoking Loon Merlot

    750ML / 13.5% ABV
    Other Vintages
    All Vintages
    Regular price
    Currently Unavailable $10.99
    Try the
    10 99
    10 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
    1
    Limit Reached
    MyWine Share
    Vintage Alert
    Alert me when new vintages are available
    Ships Tomorrow
    Limit 0 per customer
    Sold in increments of 0
    3.9 17 Ratings
    Have you tried this? Rate it now
    (256 characters remaining)

    3.9 17 Ratings
    750ML / 13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Smoking Loon Merlot shows fruit-forward characteristics with dark berry fruit, hints of cedar and a soft, balanced structure. The distinct natural barriers, abundant sunshine and cool temperatures of the Chilean region help to maintain healthy growing conditions and allow the wine to develop fresh fruit characteristics and crisp acidity.

    Try pairing with grilled Cuban flank steak, bacon wrapped pork chops, or Autumn salad with roasted butternut squash.

    Critical Acclaim

    All Vintages
    Smoking Loon

    Smoking Loon

    View all products
    Smoking Loon, California
    Smoking Loon Winery Image
    When it comes to wine, we believe in spreading your wings and experiencing the best the world has to offer—sip by sip. Smoking Loon wines display bold, exciting flavors that complement everyday adventures. Each wine is crafted to capture true varietal character, rewarding those willing to migrate beyond the ordinary. Smoking Loon wines have been widely recognized for their outstanding quality since 2001.

    Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August are third and fourth generation California vintners and wine merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.

    Image for California Merlot content section
    View all products

    Today the fourth most widely planted red variety in the state, Merlot has much to offer. While it bears similarities to Cabernet Sauvignon (its half-sibling), it tends to be lower in both acidity and tannins, giving Merlot wines a mouthfeel that is often perceived as soft, round and plush. These qualities make it an ideal blending partner for Cabernet, the two complementing each other throughout.

    Merlot arrived relatively late to the California wine scene. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when producers like Louis Martini, Sterling and Matanzas Creek—influenced by European Merlot blends—began crafting single varietal versions. These trend-setting bottles opened the eyes of others in the California wine scene and spurred increased plantings. From there, the variety’s lush drinkability led to a surge in popularity, then overplanting (some of it on unsuitable sites) and finally a backlash that was turbo-charged by the infamous 2004 film, Sideways. What most viewers didn't realize was that, as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

    Fine examples of California Merlot—either as a single varietal wine or as part of a blend—can be found from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Central Coast and most regions around the state. Merlot wines offer a ripe, sensual mouthful of plummy fruit, suggestions of mint, herbs and vanilla, all carried along by an approachable structure and often, a great potential for improving with age.

    Image for  content section
    View all products
    SOU13169_0 Item# 591600

    Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
    Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

    It's easy to make the switch.
    Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

    Yes, Update Now

    Search for ""

    Processing Your Order...