Central Valley Merlot


Napa Valley Merlot 2012

This wine has a lot of things going on. Immediately after cork pop, this bottle seems to be a little flat with a muted nose, modest (at best) acidity, and next to no tannin. Well, 30 minutes later and this Merlot is completely different. This wine is a little more weighted than the 2011. Not calling the 2011 'thin' by any means, but this one has some torque no doubt. Pours a dusty violet to the glass. The nose is baked cherries and some darker milk chocolate. The entry of this wine has sharp acidity, dark chocolate cherry cordials with some pretty damn good liqueur here. For a split second, a little bit sweet in the middle. Finish is acidic. Tannin seems to be there, but not significantly. Allows for a beautiful finish. — 4 days ago

Paul, M. Christopher and 21 others liked this

Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 1997

Smells like old world (A little Brett in a good way) but when you taste it (tannins) you know it's new world. This is holding up much better than most 97 Cab from Napa. I would say at its peak now. — 11 days ago

Shawn, Eric and 9 others liked this

Viña William Fèvre

Espino Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cheers to my first grand baby and to her mommy and daddy for making such a beautiful daughter! ❤️ this is a very intense wine. The flavor tends to linger long after it goes down, slightly tannic. Floral, dark cherry and raspberry notes on the tongue with oakiness on the nose. — 13 hours ago

Shawn, Phil and 7 others liked this
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

That baby is beautiful. Congrats!
Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory



Oakville Merlot 2013

Deep ruby red with a strong, fruity nose. Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and vanilla initially. There’s some oak and tobacco on the nose, as well, that gives it a slightly rustic character. This is not necessarily the kind of Merlot that “drinks like a Cab” like we’ve all gotten used to. It’s decidedly smooth and medium bodied with very fine tannins. On the palate, there’s a ton of stewed plums, bright strawberries, blackberries, and smooth caramel. More toasted oak, cocoa powder, and vanilla finishes things off. Exquisitely crafted, silky, and rather interesting. I’m loving Merlot again. — 4 days ago

Kevin, Trixie and 3 others liked this

Central Coast Sage


Pre-flight flight - California Kings. 2015 vintage. Blueberries, plums and raisins on the nose, medium body and acid, very smooth on the palate, lingering spices. — 12 hours ago

Robert Foley Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

My dinner companions only drink white wine so I was very happy to see a half bottle of this on the list for me! Rich fruit profile with flavors of blueberry, vanilla, baking spice. Hints of chocolate. Silky smooth texture and a finish that goes on and on. — 15 days ago

Shawn, Mike and 31 others liked this
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Kim Stanbro when you visit see if you can get a tour of the caves. Bob built a literal “Man Cave” down there, complete with a party room, recording studio, and screening room.
Kim Stanbro

Kim Stanbro

Man Cave? Will he let me in too?
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Kim Stanbro I mean, technically it’s a non-binary, gender neutral cave. Bob likes to use the recording studio (he’s a big time guitar player) and his wife does girls’ nights in the screening room.

Sterling Vineyards

Silver Label Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Merlot Thursday is up! Last week was the 2013, this time the 2014 Napa Merlot.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish wide rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, cherries, blueberries, cedar, leather, earth, alcohol, vegetables, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, licorice, cloves, vanilla, spices, alcohol, espresso, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well-balanced with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel, but still a little hot.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

A good food wine that pairs well with BBQ Meats. This 4 year old is very enjoyable, even by itself as a sipping wine. Drink now.

I paired it with a BBQ steak and steamed broccoli.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 13 days ago

Trixie, Shawn and 12 others liked this

Roark Wine Company

Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

Two of the three bottles I’ve had of this have been excellent.

Bay leaves, dusty, currant, super long finish.
— 12 days ago


Lota Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Deep aromas, smooth mouth feel. This one just made my heart happy. — 11 hours ago


Reserva Valle del Maule Merlot 2015

Smooth, berry flavors. Delicious! — 14 days ago