Napa Merlot

Crosby Roamann

Cupiens Videre Lucem Oak Knoll Merlot 2011

A robust deep burgundy in the glass with a shallow rim. Blackberries and luscious dark chocolate explode initially on the nose. After plenty of air she opens up and starts to reveal leather, perfume, and a trace of oak. The floral notes last forever and are exquisite.

Ok, so is this a Cab masquerading as a Merlot like so many other Napa Valley Merlots? Thankfully no. Much softer and lush on the tongue. She’s definitely New World in style and character. There’s a nice sweetness here that never gets out of control, it’s just right. Lovely balance and structure. Nice complexity and gorgeous Oak Knoll fruit.

Smooth and round on entry, tart cherry is all over the palate. Cinnamon and smoked oak compliment well. Fresh herbs and violets steal the show. A testament to Oak Knoll and what Napa Valley Merlot can be. Just a delightful wine.
— 7 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Very artful photo. Looks like a painting. Cheers!🍷
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Trixie You flatter me. Thank you!

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2013

Nice to revisit this at a restaurant. — 7 hours ago

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These days it’s nice to just visit a restaurant period 😂

Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Merlot 2016

Wonderful! A little early to open, but still enjoyable. Perfectly balanced fruit with acidity and more tannin than most Merlots from CA. Minerality and depth more apparent after decanting. — 17 hours ago

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Elyse

Hossfeld Vineyard Merlot 2014

Deep Ruby with concentrated aromas of ripe black fruit with subtle nutty spice & bitter chocolate. A blend of 93% Cab Sauv, 4% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The palate offers flavors of dark fruit, sour black cherry & dried blackberries, with a firm touch of oak & leather. Tannins are present, but soft due to the age of the wine. The finish is elegant with a slight dry mineral tang, medium in length. Very Nice. This Napa offering should last a few more years, but why wait, it’s perfect now! Tasting Sample! — 11 days ago

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Colète

Napa Valley Merlot 2017

Cheers Raj on an excellent old school Merlot. Perfect partner to a beef tenderloin and roasted carrots. — 10 days ago

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Long Meadow Ranch

Napa Valley Merlot 2006

Eric S
9.4

Needed an hour to open up. Stellar nose. Big on mineralogy and blue fruit. Awesome stuff. — 15 days ago

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Darioush

Signature Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Dark berries on the nose with spice and peppers. A medium to medium long finish and very smooth. Shared with friends and loved it! — 3 days ago

Mike, Ron and 1 other liked this

V. Sattui Winery

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Very dark Ruby with rich fruit aromas with sweet tones. On the palate blackberry and black plum flavors with sweet spice and cacao notes. Soft full tannins, long finish with smoky oak and earthy ending. Perfect to drink now. — 11 days ago

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Conn Creek

Limited Release Merlot 2001

Pretty good and holding up very well. Brandied cherry, juicy plum, chocolate shavings, dried herbs and dried flowers. Supple & silky tannins with such a nice, pleasant ripe berry finish. — 7 hours ago

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Sandlands

Coombsville Napa Valley Merlot 2017

Light weight....delicate but nice — 10 days ago

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