It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!
Deep ruby, almost Inky in color, with a very short purplish rim.
Beautiful nose of blackberries, black plums, red cherries, tobacco, light vanilla, spices, cedar, herbs, light earth, chocolates, black pepper and eucalyptus. What a gorgeous nose.
Full-bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, earth, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs, leather and black pepper.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a gorgeous Merlot from Napa Valley. Rich, extracted and elegant. Well balanced and fruit forward.
This 7-year-old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.
Nicely balanced with a gorgeous mouthfeel. Not in your face kind of wine, which I really appreciate.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, but I did not decant it. As it opens up, more red fruits show up. Really nice, tangy and interesting.
I've had it a few times before, and it is always special. One of the best Merlos for my palate.
Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.
Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak. I tried it with the French Brie, but it did not work out too well. Much better with the dried meats.
A blend of 96% Merlot with tiny amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in (85% new) French Oak barrels for 20 months.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$120. — 5 months ago
Not bad from cork pop, but definitely better after 90 min of air. Nose is youthful oak and slightly ripe blackberry, sandalwood. Palate all ripe blackberry and attenuated pepper spice with a hint of sandalwood. Some iodine when moving to the mid-palate. Initially I was getting a a fairly strange Oreo cookie kind of note. The finish is a little direct and still a bit on the youthful side but this is gaining. The best years of this are ahead of it for sure. Going to be a force in 2023 and plan to hold my 3L of this for much much longer. — 3 years ago
Not my preferred kind of wine anymore but I recognize the high quality. And enjoyed it! — 6 months ago
My kind of Cali cab. — 2 years ago
This was a real treat to enjoy courtesy of @Bryan Kesting being in town, and since we both share an affinity for Antica Terra wines, he was kind enough to bring a 2012 Antikythera.
In the past month, I’ve had the 2012, 2015 and 2017, and this 2012 shows just how incredible these wines can age. I would say this is probably the most impressive OR Pinot I’ve had to date. So much balance here. On the nose, it is quite expressive with potpourri/red and purple floral notes and herb crusted black cherries. The palate is supremely balanced between the herbal/earth/clay like notes encapsulated by underripe red and black fruits and a kiss of sweetness...kirsch like? The core here nods to burgundy with structure. While I don’t think this gets any better, I do think it will cruise for years and evolve in to a somewhat different wine. Thanks again @Bryan Kesting for opening this! — 3 years ago
Stellar bottle right here. Deep stewed black and red fruit, violets, campfire, rosemary & thyme, with plenty of barnyard funk, and river rocks. Great structure with grippy tannins on the mid-palate and sturdy acidity that keeps you coming back. Long pure finish. This kind of wine is firmly in my wheelhouse, and really came alive with turmeric baked chicken thighs. — 3 years ago
Vinho Verde ish, be achy, melon, elderflower, light — 3 years ago