Central Valley Merlot

Pollak Vineyards

Merlot 2012

This was a delightful reminder of the Afton profile of fruit. This Merlot at seven years was redolent with black raspberry and high alt red cherries. A thin frame of complementary spice seasoning gives structure between fruit and Tannin. A touch of dark chocolate (70%) adds length to a medium weight, aged profile. A good pairing wine for mid-week proteins — 15 days ago

The Fableist

395 Paso Robles Merlot 2016

M F
8.9

Nice. Drank well with Turkish Eggplant Imam Bayeldi dinner. — 18 days ago

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Long Shadows Wineries

Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2006

The 2006 ‘Pedestal’ is a sinfully good warm vintage Merlot by superstar enological consultant Michel Rolland that is drinking marvelously at now thirteen years of age. Following a long decant, the Merlot slowly unveils ripe black currants that combine with sandalwood, cigar ash and Turkish coffee aromatics that meld together in the glass. The palate has tremendous freshness and verve considering its age, as this silky wine effortlessly glide across the mid-palate. Still showing serious power and concentration, the ‘Pedestal’ leads with a deep core of dark fruits that mingle with suggestions of milk chocolate, pipe tobacco, leather and anise flavors that sing in harmony. Fantastic now, this beautiful wine has at least another decade of life left. Drink 2019-2028- 94 — 16 days ago

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Jada Vineyard

Strayts Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Blend 2016

Needs 1 hour decant!!! — 6 days ago

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Georis Winery

Clos des Mouton Merlot 2007

In Mag. Really high tannins. Terrific juice. Plenty of room to run. — 13 days ago

Walla Walla Vintners

Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2016

Another one for a “night after” Friendsgiving with turkey & dumpling soup. One of the most underrated wines in Washington state. When you hear people say “Washington Merlot is different”, this is the place to discover it. Nose is wonderfully complex with bing cherry & red currants along with an herbal, almost minty streak. The palate follows with more red fruit and some spicy oak notes which add complexity, but never overwhelm the wine. Excellent. — 12 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, 'closet' Merlot fan, have much in hiding, no WA stuff 😞
Hugh O'Riordan

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I’ll look for this wine. Thanks

Viña Vik

La Piu Belle Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of ripe blackberry, ripe boysenberry, sweet blueberry, very perfumed potpourri, toast, cedar, cinnamon, cloves; dry, medium acid, medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, well balanced and concentrated, impression of sweet florals, very good — 6 days ago

Theorem Vineyards

Diamond Mountain District Merlot 2017

Shay A
9.3

Thanksgiving wine number two. A total baby, but wanted to check in on it since it’s the first vintage for merlot from the Theorem team (and I love their other wines). Toes the line between being a “cab lovers merlot” and a classic merlot. Dusty, baked mixed berry pie, high percentage dark chocolate, violets and cedar on the nose. Due to its age, oak plays a big role up front but softens toward the middle and finish. The fruit, mainly red and black, is underripe and tart...black cherries, dark plums, currant, dates and a dash of baking spices. Benefitted nicely from a decant. — 12 days ago

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Oh...BTW...I closed out last night w/ your other options. Bloody marvelous!!! 🍷👍
Joshua Fisher

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are they on DIAMOND MT? or is it bought fruit?
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@Joshua Fisher : They are on Diamond, just a short walk from The Vineyardist winery is located. Theorem’s merlot, Voir Dire Cab and Hawk’s Prey red are all estate fruit. They also introduced a Sauv Blanc and a chard this year but those two wines are solely purchased fruit from Moon Mountain.

Baptiste Cuvelier

Cuvée del Maule Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Great blend. The balance of fruit and austerity is on point. — 14 days ago

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Arietta

Artists' Reserve One Eleven Merlot 2016

Shay A
9.4

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

In the running for my favorite red out of the flight. Basically a copy of the normal Hudson merlot but wrapped in a velvet like structure. Glycerin and elixir like in how plush and sexy it is. Added density and heft. Built really big but lots of restraint. Would love to try this again in 10yrs.
— 18 days ago

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