Central Valley Merlot

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2011

The best merlot coming out of Napa? Hard to say, but definitely in the top three for me (Paloma, Hourglass and this). So much fruit wrapped in a silky package (@Bill Bender don’t go there). Hedonistic, but still so balanced. And an ‘11 to boot. This followed two exceptional wines and held its own. — 5 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Picked up 3liter 2014 duckhorn three palms at total wine. # 1 Spectator.
Flipping time, already worth double
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Carl Fischer Try the other merlot which Bob makes under the Robert Foley label. Really good
Ron R

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I think Shafer and Pride shud also be on your list, Carl... But that's just me :0)


Finis Terrae Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Nicely balanced wine. Dark fruit with hints of raspberries. Oak in the finish. Not overpowering but solid flavors throughout. — 7 days ago

Santa Helena

Reserva Valle Central Merlot 2016

Very drinkable, even better if you let it rest before drinking and aerate it properly — 19 days ago


Bien Nacido Vineyard Merlot

2012. Hints of lavender on the nose and a bit of smoke. Blackberry, anise and spice with a velvet finish. Firm but not intrusive tannins. Awesome small vineyard from the Santa Maria Valley. Can’t wait to see what comes out of there in years to come. — 22 days ago

Chad Anderson
with Chad
Severn, Paul and 14 others liked this

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot 2013

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Great fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, sweet plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, licorice, cola, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, spices, mocha and black pepper. Reminds me of a Napa Cabernet nose.

Full bodied, rich and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherry pie, dried fruits, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This delightful Single Vineyard Merlot from Washington State is well balanced with nice complexity. This 2013 was a great vintage and it is showing wonderfully.

Easy drinking and good for parties or as a sipping wine. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Good by itself or with food, like a nice piece of grilled steak.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of Meats and cheeses.

92 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Advocate.

A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 16 months in French and American Oak (60% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

— 13 days ago

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Gnekow Family Winery

Gnekow Family Winery Reserve Merlot 2013

Interesting, fruity Merlot 🍷😀 — 6 days ago

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Lewis Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Ryan M

2nd bottle - sticking with 91. Didn’t open up that well. Pine, moss, slight chocolate, color like a bunch of smashed blackberries - dark purple with rust. — 2 hours ago

Larissa M
with Larissa
Larissa, Shay and 5 others liked this
Larissa M

Larissa M

@Ryan M it is a solid bottle and did the job last night!! Definitely a casual evening winner!


Napa Valley Merlot 1989

Cathy Corison

Tabacco, plummy fruit, nice kiss of Brett. , sandlewood, leather. Wonderful natural acid support. Lovely. Nearly 3 decades old! — 2 days ago

William martin
with William
Eric, Jay and 11 others liked this

Seven Falls Cellars

Wahluke Slope Merlot 2013

Chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, spice, tobacco, and earth. I was forced to move on to the next vintage of this weeknight favorite. It went up in price (from $14.99 to $17.99). I have to say it continues to offer a superb value. It is rare to find a wine in this price range that offers balance, structure, and some complexity. Will have lay in a few more bottles. Stay tuned for reviews on the Cabernet and Rapids Red from Seven Falls Cellars. — 15 days ago

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Michael David Winery (Michael & David Phillips)

The Seven Deadly Zins Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2011

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Nice fruity nose with black currants, cherries, vanilla, wood, black olives, tobacco leaf, light alcohol, earth, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, leather, balsamic vinaigrette, tobacco leaf, Mediterranean spices, herbs, earth, dark chocolates, graphite and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and spices.

This 6 year old Lodi Zinfandel is peaking now. It was worth waiting on it as it's way better than a fresh one. Showing a very complex nose and great balance. A wonderful sipping wine with great complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 2 hours in a decanter.

This 2011 vintage was not a good one, but it is drinking wonderfully now. Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers.

15% alcohol by volume.

— 20 hours ago

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Zachary Price

Zachary Price

Where did you pull a dusty old vine zins?! I can only imagine it must have been hidden behind a case of 2014s....


@Angelo Casagrande a few years ago I figured it would be much better after short term aging. I guess I was right...


@Zachary Price this is my last one of the bunch. I actually like it better than the exclusive 2012 vintage.