Central Valley Merlot

Jason Stephens Winery

Estate Merlot 2014

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot from California.

A pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish/ burgundy rim.

Great nose of cherries, blueberries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, earth and mocha.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead and red candy.

Nice length on the finish with tangy pomegranates and round tannins.

This is a nice surprise. This 5 year old Merlot from Santa Clara Valley in California is drinking very nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Needs an hour to open up properly and come to its own.

At some point the nose reminded me of a Napa Cabernet, as it changed in the glass every 10 minutes, which was a wonderful experience, as I got to taste different wines in the same glass 😉

Would age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. Aged for 36 months in oak barrels (25% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 8 days ago

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Moffett Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Compared with a note of almost two years ago, this one has done some substantial growing up. Medium-plus density wine. Poured very dark to the glass with a faint hint of violet. The nose is brambly Blackberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco. This wine sort of seems to have a munch rounder profile through the front and middle.
Black fruit front with a hint of cigar Ash and sweet pipe tobacco. Middle is darker. Dark chocolate notes with a much more mature profile. Still a fair amount of tannin and soil terroir on the finish. A very lovely wine that really shows well with only 5 to 10 minutes of air. This one isn't getting any better in the bottle, so drink up!
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I see our merlot theme from last night got to you!
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Indeed @Shay A ... Was thinking about Merlot all day!

Blackjack Ranch

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Trefethen Family Vineyards

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Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

I called this Napa merlot between 2013-2015. Similar to some of the other merlots of the night, I got a dustiness to the fruit. Nicely balanced with good acidity and tannin. Definitely more red and black fruit dominant with bay leaf and a streak of licorice down the middle. I could see this going up in score a little bit over the next couple of years. Thanks
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