Block No. 45

Monterey Merlot 2017

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

John, Sharon and 2 others liked this
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

I think you have this review tagged to the petite Syrah.
Tree Kilpatrick

Tree Kilpatrick

Yeah they just fixed it. Should be the merlot now…

Barton & Guestier

Bordeaux Merlot 1990

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

LM liked this

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2015

Needed a big gun to tame this dry aged beast from Allen Brothers. — 14 days ago

Sharon, Paul and 16 others liked this
Sharon B

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Steak looks delicious!! 😋
Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Damn that’s a nice steak.
Deborah M

Deborah M

Flinstones 😆😆

Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2019

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

Daniel, vinokeeno and 5 others liked this


Phoenix Vineyard Merlot 2019

Such a light bodied, fresh take on Merlot. More red currant and dark stone/graphite than plum jam. — 13 days ago

Ericsson, Juan and 5 others liked this

Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2019

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

Castello dei Rampolla

Lui Toscana Merlot 2018

100% Merlot. Good evolution compared to my first bottle. Smooth as silk, no sharp edges. — 3 days ago

Jan, Peter and 15 others liked this

Tamarack Cellars

Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

Took a good 4-5 hrs to open up. Absolutely singing once it fully opened. Great balance. Delicious. — 8 days ago

Vin, Tom and 11 others liked this


Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2013

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

Lyle liked this

Golan Heights Winery

Yarden Merlot 2015

In preparation for trip to israel where we will be going to this winery. Cassis , raspberry nose. Red fruit with good acidity subtle tannins and well integrated oak that is not overbearing. Nice! — 7 days ago

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