Central Valley Merlot

Jason Stephens Winery

Estate Merlot 2014

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Pretty nose with blueberries, black currants, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, licorice, dark chocolates, earth, light vegetables and vinaigrette.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite and dark coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Santa Clara Valley in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

I've had this vintage before, and it is showing somewhat differently now, with more blue and black fruits. I'd like to see how it evolves in the next few years.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show tannins and structure.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives. Goes really nicely with an aged Brie.

A blend of 85% Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 22 days ago

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Wente Vineyards

Sandstone Arroyo Seco Merlot 2015

Quizá mucho chocolate, altamente afrutado. Eso si muy suave. Un buen vino americano — 15 days ago

Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Merlot 2014

The 2014 Merlot from Mayacamas is a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, which is all about precision and sheer class. It begins with striking aromatics of ripe dark plums and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, graphite, crushed stones and traces of dried herbs all taking shape. On the palate this possessing a medium-bodied, with silky and refined texture leading to a tightly wound core. It thoroughly impresses as it effortlessly glides across the palate with incredible balance and finesse, leading up to the graceful finish. The 2014 is still showing a bit of restraint and needs some significant air contact before it begins to show, readers should plan on allowing this age-worthy Merlot at least a few more years to unwind before it hits its stride. — 10 days ago

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Montes Alpha M Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Here's s beautiful red blend. A well balanced, great Chilean wine.

Dark inky in color.

Showing lots black fruits with earth, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, leather, cedar, leather, vanilla, dark chocolates, licorice, tobacco leaf and cloves.

Big, bold, extracted and spicy.

This 6 year old Bordeaux blend is rich, with great complexity and mouthfeel.

So very tasty already, but still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time.

Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Delicious and yummy.

Thank you sonny for sharing.

I paired it with BBQ Meats, cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 5 days ago

Severn, Rhonely and 18 others liked this

Firestone Vineyard

The Chairman Series Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

Delightful! Paired beautifully with short ribs — 7 days ago

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Edna Valley Vineyard

Central Coast Merlot

Well balanced. Slightly dry. — 12 days ago

King Family Vineyards

Red Dessert Monticello Merlot 2015

I gotta say, this was not at all what I expected. My second King Family wine (the first was their rather sublime Viognier) and first of their dessert wines. This is not at all some cloying mess that so many dessert wines end up being. Instead, it’s got great acid that gives the sensation that it’s almost dry. Might be one of the easiest-to-drink 17% ABV wines I’ve ever had. Even HRH, who hates dessert wines, took a sip and then poured a glass. Color me impressed. — 13 days ago

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Reserva Bellavista Merlot 2016

Excellent wine. Balance of tannins and fruit; anthesis of cheap jammy California Cab. Great sub-$15 Wegmans find. — 10 days ago

Kenefick Ranch

Estate Grown Calistoga Merlot 2013

Red raspberry and bing cherry nose and a palate of ripe raspberry, herbs, vanilla, chocolate and mocha with a hint of spice and a little bit of sauteed mushroom. Finish revealed a young tobacco and a hint of green pepper and black pepper spice. Nice acidity on the front and stiff oak tannin finish, going well with a salmon and honey/basil dish and also showing well by itself. Still has 5 years in it quite easily. — 2 days ago

Shay, Eric and 22 others liked this

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2012

Mike R

Typical Napa merlot made up of 90/10 merlot and cab - Power and finesse creating a nice balance - taste of dark cherries, blackberry compote and exotic spice. Juicy, ripe and lush on the palate, framed by supple tannins with a long elegant finish with chocolate and vanilla bean noticeable - Foley is winemaker - No one will be disappointed as this is dense purple color with a merlot luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal but only has imo five years left and this is definitely in the drinking zone now — 9 days ago

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