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.
$24. — 5 months ago
Smelled liked a Merlot, but shocked me with its flavor. Sweet and dry at the same time with a lovely full mouth feel and complex flavor. — 11 days ago
Well balanced with smooth flavor. — 3 months ago
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Clara Valley is very enjoyable. Showing black fruits with chocolate notes and earth, wood, spices, black pepper, cloves and orange peel.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.
Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now.
Needs 2 hours to open up properly, and show some tannins, but good right out of the bottle too.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
90 points. — 6 months ago
Stephens Golf happening @Pinehurst
Magnum — 7 months ago
Deep, full bodied, had at Mark and Tina’s rehearsal dinner — a month ago
Apricot, lemon grass, citrus. Medium body spicy finish — 5 months ago
The nose reveals; dark, ruby, candied, currants & cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, black cherries, strawberries, cherries and creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, dark berry cola, dark sweet liqueur, steeped tea, limestone minerals, sandy soils, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, very light herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus, dark chocolate, dark expresso notes with dark, red floral with bright lavender & violets.
The body is rich, ruby and very full. The tannins are dark, round, velvety, yet tarry and sticky. This wine is somewhere just the inside of its peak. The structure, tension, length and balance are incredible but, will still improve over the next 3-5 years before it hits its peak. It’s sexy, gorgeous and voluptuous. Dark, ruby, candied, currants & cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, black cherries, strawberries, cherries and creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, anise to black licorice, dark berry cola, dark sweet liqueur, steeped tea, limestone minerals, sandy soils, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, hints of soft leather & tobacco leaf, light granite, more herbaceous notes & mint/eucalyptus than the nose, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark expresso notes with dark, red floral with bright lavender & violets. The acidity is round and perfect. The long, sexy, gorgeous, voluptuous, elegant, well balanced fruit & earth is endless.
If you have not heard of DR Stephens or had a nicely aged Cabernet from them, you are missing some of the very best Napa Valley has to offer.
Bottle 17 of 60.
Photos of, upper and lower photos of Premiere Napa Valley, DR Stephens vineyard and view from the walk up to the winery from the parking lot.
— 6 months ago