It's definitely time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Great nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and earth.
Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, peppercorn and leather.
Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Napa Valley. Rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice complexity.
This 8 year old Magnum is drinking very nicely now. The fact that it is from a great vintage doesn't hurt it either.
Delicious right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.
Excellent quality. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with delicious lamb chops.
Grapes are grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. A blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (31% new) for 25 months. A small production of 579 cases. Made by Philippe Melka.
15.1% alcohol by volume.
$350 (Magnum) — 15 days ago
This is a very interesting Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Dry on the palate with over ripen citrus fruits, apples, melons, honey, peaches, spices, black pepper, oak, vanilla, earth, light vegetables.
Smells perfumy in a manly kind of way.
Feels over the hill, but it's not. Really nice now.
Better when not too cold, and much better after 90 minutes of airtime. I did not decant it though.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$90 — 6 months ago
Took a while to settle. A black berry aftertaste. Very nice vino — 2 months ago
Aerated. Dark red purple. Nose of blackberry cobbler. Palate of blackberry-currant cobbler in a new wooden bowl. Firm tannins surrounding dark, voluptuous fruit. Medium acidity. Classic California blend that’s made for prime rib. Enjoy now through 2031 or beyond. — 5 months ago
100% Cab from Soda Canyon and Atlas Peak. Aged for 20 months in 42% New French Oak. Mild tannins and very European in style. Notes of sweet baking spices, tamarind, cedar, vanilla, and black fruit (Blackberries, Cherries, etc.). This one is right up there with Blacklist XIII, which was a 50/50 blend of Cab and Merlot, but very similar in style and structure. — a year ago
So substantive, but subtle and well integrated. It’s not a fruit bomb or vanilla monster. Austere. The iron fist / velvet glove analogy fits well.
The nose has more fruit than palate. Chocolate cherries and floral. Palate is tar, cherry cordial, chocolate, with sticky tannins throughout, so good
Wish I had more time to put to capturing everything going on here. Also wish I’d have purchased the case instead of 1 bottle. — 7 months ago