Like New York, but from California. Tastes like Finger Lakes Cab Franc. To a New Yorker, nothing quite tastes like home, but this comes close. — 2 days ago
The nose reveals dark currants and a slight smokiness. Ripe; lush blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & blue fruits. Black licorice, dark rich earth, limestone, volcanic minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, blue, purple & dark red fresh & withering florals.
The body is full. Tannins big, dry & dusty. Ripe, lush blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, dark rich earth, limestone, volcanic minerals, loaded with dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate powder, touch of balsamic, violets, blue, purple & dark red fresh & withering florals. This is a big Merlot that needs a long cellaring time. The structure, tension are huge. The length and balance are very good and should be special with 10-15 years of cellaring. It’s a big finish that doesn’t end. 92 with potential for more with proper cellaring.
Photos of, The Seavey Barn that is their winemaking facilities and tasting room, grapes being sorted and conveyor belted up to be destemmed, view of their animal farm area from the property and Estate vines with surrounding hillside. — 5 days ago
This is some absolutely beautiful Merlot right here. Bold and dark, cedar and pepper notes throughout. It's a blend of 76% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon - aged 20 months in Hungarian Oak, and only 18 barrels produced. This is the last vintage of the merlot being sourced from the estate, due to the vineyards being ripped up to build the parking lot for the winery.
It's certainly a big wine that could use some age, but it'll turn out to be similar to some mature Pomerol or Fronsac. — 3 days ago
Tight on open. Early on was linear and focused. Then got round and flabby. Big fruit but restrained in alcohol. Tbd on this for the long haul. But their 1997 Merlot is rocking so you never know. — 18 days ago
Spicy fruity and lively top notes. — a day ago
Little smoke on the nose, settle red fruits, light acidity on the finish. — 4 days ago
Actually 2009 Merlot ... Yummy after all these years! — 2 days ago
It is time for #MerlotThursday.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Strong nose of black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, spices, tobacco and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, cooked blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, light cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.
Medium finish with round tannins and bitter herbs.
This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a nice and soft mouthfeel.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$21. — 4 days ago