La Jota Vineyard Co.

W. S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot 2014

Another wonderful Merlot. Mountain wines are known for beautiful dark color, intense aromatics and full bodied flavors. This Howell Mountain wine does not disappoint. Beautiful ruby red color and great aromas of blue fruit, cedar and a little earthiness. The tannins on this young wine are very apparent but seem to integrate nicely with the intense flavors of blueberries and baking spices while in your mouth. I am sure this wine will improve with age but it drinks very well today. — 2 days ago

Lisa Mayer
with Lisa
Lisa, Eric and 7 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot 2012

Would have been a nice Merlot in the cab vs Merlot tasting. The good? This is a merlot. The bad? If you're trying to stump someone? Good luck because....this is a classic merlot. From Monte Bello Vineyard. Nose is brambly, yet a bit sweet. Terroir is on the nose in full force. The entry is dark yet a slight bit youthful. Forest floor, plum, black fruit and quite a bit of it. Finishes with some drier tannin. This one is at the top of its game right now, but isn't going to win many awards for WOTN as it just isn't complex on its own. Drank MUCH better with food. Drink or hold another 5 to 10 years. — 14 days ago

Paul, Neil and 20 others liked this
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

❤️Ridge, Cupertino


Red Hen Vineyard Merlot

Pronounced nose, floral, some pencil, red fruit - cherry - on palate, mineral, elegant, balanced, clean and endless finish. Best Merlot I’ve ever had. Will age the rest of my bottles, feel I had this one way too young. — 8 days ago

Ira, Ron and 2 others liked this
Larry Frierson

Larry Frierson

Manny Abascal

Manny Abascal Premium Badge

Ha! I knew I was taking a chance with the phrase “best ever had.” I’m happy to be proven wrong by anyone willing to share those bottles.
Larry Frierson

Larry Frierson

Clever retort.

Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2010

When’s a Merlot not a Merlot; when it’s American 🤣 A solid “Merlot” from Duckhorn as always at a right priced £40 👍

📍 Duckhorn Merlot 2010

🏵 93 points

🍇 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc - that’s a Merlot then 😂

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Soft smoked oak through rich plump beaten damson plum w/ blueberry, cocoa cream, blackcurrant & mineralised herbs

👄 Med+ body of creamy plum & punchy blackcurrant w/ tones of blueberry bathed in buttery cocoa

🎯 Long dark black fruit plummy blueberry cocoa goo fest that’s a silky fruit bomb
— 7 days ago

Chris, Ellen and 27 others liked this
Phil A

Phil A Premium Badge

@Chris England Chris the Napa Merlot classic Cheers 🍷
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

I got a bottle of the 3 Palms Duckhorn Merlot. Can’t wait!

Duckhorn Vineyards

Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2014

Hello my friend! 🍷😊
Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyards.
A merlot for Cab drinkers. An intense, age-worthy wine with complex red fruit and mineral layers. This fine wine draws you in with every succulent sip, each one becoming more intense than the last, creating a choreographed, symphonic, moving experience, involving & evolving through the full range of human emotions. 😮 We need more like you in this world my friend.
— 12 days ago

April LoveJeff GriffinIsaac Pirolo
with April, Jeff and 2 others
Isaac, Dawn and 14 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin Influencer Badge

Nice bottle, was WS No. 1 for Top 100 in 2017 list. I own a 1.5L. Glad to see you enjoying this, I've seen mixed reviews, but enjoyed this vineyard site over the past 15+ years on numerous occasions, generally a solid wine.
Phil A

Phil A Premium Badge

@Dean Bernal Sr. Dean a Napa Merlot benchmark Cheers 🍷

Long Shadows Wineries

Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

Shay A

After having the ‘15 about two weeks ago, this is more Bordeaux style. The power has mellowed out and shown more leather, cherry, blackberry and anise. Some oak here with toasted cherries and blackberry, but the finish showed some underripe blueberry. Surprisingly young but ready to drink. Drink now. — 11 days ago

Paul, leon and 34 others liked this

Venge Vineyards

Family Reserve Oakville Merlot 1999

Pure pleasure. Rich black plums and vanilla, smokey mesquite. More than happy for everyone to keep leaving beautiful mature merlot on the shelf for me to find. Oh yeah and shout-out to @Ellen Clifford for inspiring me to pop this — a day ago

Craig, Ellen and 6 others liked this
Ellen Clifford

Ellen Clifford Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Woohoo! Sounds like the wait was worth it. And now I’m inspired to try more mature Merlot:)

Sullivan Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Always happy to drink @Steve Haro’s wine. Prior tasting notes from a month ago apply. @Sullivan Vineyards Merlot is so elegant, mouth-filling, and just awesome. Might have slightly underrated it before. — 2 days ago

Arden, Shay and 1 other liked this

Murrieta's Well

Small Lot Livermore Valley Merlot 2015

Shay A

Monthly wine group meet-up, this time Napa Cab vs Napa Merlot. Served as a pair, blind. More difficult than I thought!

Color me impressed. What a fantastic merlot coming out of Livermore Valley. Fruit forward...fresh squeezed blackberries, black currant, & raspberries on the nose. Touch of fig too. Nice structure from start to finish highlighting the red and black fruit alongside some licorice and plum. Very plush style merlot that would easily fool most in to thinking it was Napa.

Thanks for the intro,
@Jason Oliver !
— 14 days ago

Andrew HeffleySteve BolgerWill Adams
with Andrew, Steve and 4 others
Ryan, Hugh and 28 others liked this
Jason Oliver

Jason Oliver Premium Badge

Glad it showed well. Not bad for 44 bucks! You nailed it with the licorice and plum. That flavor profile defines Livermore fruit. Robbie actually diverted the more tannic merlot barrels to be blended in other wines. I would like to see what he could do with a 50-150 case reserve merlot or merlot heavy blend. Sounds like a fun tasting. Some great merlots in there.

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Merlot

FHB 2014. Too hot and humid upstairs so hour decant in the fridge. Gone too soon- deck time chilling. Can’t wait to try it again in a few months. — 5 days ago

Amy HadjianDave Wismer
with Amy and Dave
Mike, Eric and 10 others liked this