This is the Monterey Merlot. Plain as plain can be label design. Ruby red with just a hint of rusty color. Flavors are tangy, juicy and complex. This is CA Merlot like it can be made well. Leather, mulberry and just the lightest touch of sweet black licorice. — 7 days ago
Dazzling aroma on this 32 year old #bordeaux - stewed plums with warming spices, caramel, honeyed almonds, dried figs. Medium-light body on palate, primary fruit has faded almost completely; lots of acidity left and tannins are ghostly soft. This bottle proves a well-stored regular Bordeaux from a reputable online auction site can still deliver plenty of enjoyment from a good vintage. — 8 days ago
Picture is of 2019 but we actually had 12, which is in a good place right now.
Mayacamas consistently makes one of my favorite Merlots.
Those intense mountain tannins (yes, even for Merlot!!!) have mellowed out. Such vibrant and pure fruit (dark cherry) balanced by dried herb/balsamic/meaty qualities that are just starting to develop along with a pleasant, fragrant cedar/resin /piney note.
So. Much. Acid. — 13 days ago
Red and black fruit. Nice structure with solid tannins, that opened up during the glass. Always enjoyed Duckhorn merlot and this 2019 was excellent as well. Nice dry, then long sweet finish. — 6 days ago
Nice with just under 10 years of age. May have guessed something old world blind - perhaps the earthiness and the 13.7% abv. But the fruit is definitely there. Great pairing with pork chops from Kinderhook. — 5 hours ago