Napa Valley Merlot 2012

This wine has a lot of things going on. Immediately after cork pop, this bottle seems to be a little flat with a muted nose, modest (at best) acidity, and next to no tannin. Well, 30 minutes later and this Merlot is completely different. This wine is a little more weighted than the 2011. Not calling the 2011 'thin' by any means, but this one has some torque no doubt. Pours a dusty violet to the glass. The nose is baked cherries and some darker milk chocolate. The entry of this wine has sharp acidity, dark chocolate cherry cordials with some pretty damn good liqueur here. For a split second, a little bit sweet in the middle. Finish is acidic. Tannin seems to be there, but not significantly. Allows for a beautiful finish. — 4 days ago

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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Vintner Select Cuvée Sonoma County Merlot 2014

Just a baby, this will improve in the bottle for several years, but enjoyable now. Elegantly rich, bluish fruits, minty, aromatic, spiced. A delight to drink with your favorite grilled meat. — 4 days ago

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Robert Foley Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

My dinner companions only drink white wine so I was very happy to see a half bottle of this on the list for me! Rich fruit profile with flavors of blueberry, vanilla, baking spice. Hints of chocolate. Silky smooth texture and a finish that goes on and on. — 15 days ago

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Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Kim Stanbro when you visit see if you can get a tour of the caves. Bob built a literal “Man Cave” down there, complete with a party room, recording studio, and screening room.
Kim Stanbro

Kim Stanbro

Man Cave? Will he let me in too?
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Kim Stanbro I mean, technically it’s a non-binary, gender neutral cave. Bob likes to use the recording studio (he’s a big time guitar player) and his wife does girls’ nights in the screening room.


Oakville Merlot 2013

Deep ruby red with a strong, fruity nose. Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and vanilla initially. There’s some oak and tobacco on the nose, as well, that gives it a slightly rustic character. This is not necessarily the kind of Merlot that “drinks like a Cab” like we’ve all gotten used to. It’s decidedly smooth and medium bodied with very fine tannins. On the palate, there’s a ton of stewed plums, bright strawberries, blackberries, and smooth caramel. More toasted oak, cocoa powder, and vanilla finishes things off. Exquisitely crafted, silky, and rather interesting. I’m loving Merlot again. — 4 days ago

Kevin, Trixie and 2 others liked this

Carter Cellars

Truchard Vineyard Merlot 2010

I was very excited to try this and was not let down. The first word that comes to mind is “scrumptious” (which is weird because I never use that word nor do I know anyone who uses that word). Really graceful and beautiful. I would pair this with two tickets to an Arctic Monkeys concert 😉🔜👀
Tasted with Coravin
— 6 days ago

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Bill Bender

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Simmer down and pucker up!
Julia Geisler

Julia Geisler

@Bill Bender a truly great band!


Masseto 2014

Deeply extracted, hidden dark fruit. Sweet oak aroma dominates. Not sure what it will become. — 6 days ago

Yianni, Daniel P. and 20 others liked this
LM Segal

LM Segal

Wow...never had a bad Masseto 😟🤬
Matt Duncan

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It’s stylistic @LM Segal. Extended maceration on Merlot often extracts tannin beyond the velvet texture I find so attractive in the grape. The 2014 is not a generous wine; it is a wine a grit and power. It was enjoyable, but for its youthful flashiness. Not sure what time will leave behind once the rest is peeled away.

Sterling Vineyards

Silver Label Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Merlot Thursday is up! Last week was the 2013, this time the 2014 Napa Merlot.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish wide rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, cherries, blueberries, cedar, leather, earth, alcohol, vegetables, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, licorice, cloves, vanilla, spices, alcohol, espresso, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well-balanced with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel, but still a little hot.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

A good food wine that pairs well with BBQ Meats. This 4 year old is very enjoyable, even by itself as a sipping wine. Drink now.

I paired it with a BBQ steak and steamed broccoli.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 13 days ago

Trixie, Shawn and 12 others liked this

Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 1997

Smells like old world (A little Brett in a good way) but when you taste it (tannins) you know it's new world. This is holding up much better than most 97 Cab from Napa. I would say at its peak now. — 11 days ago

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Louis M. Martini

California Merlot

Donald Patz

Fascinating. 1968-1970 Merlot from “Healdsburg Vineyard” - sommelier Amanda recommended it. “Edge Hill Selection” just to complicate things. Remember it only had to be 51% Merlot back then but this seemed like it probably was 100%. It’s fun to try these wines. Floral - earth - distinct older/oxidized notes but very pleasant. Crisp in the palate which is probably what’s holding it together. — 16 days ago

Shay, Kurt-Inge and 8 others liked this
Shawn R

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Glad to see you back on here. Sick bottle!!!

Chateau Ste. Michelle

River Ridge Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2016

Color of bubbly egg white. Nose of honey , a bit gasoline, pineapple, and actually a bit nutty and oaky note. Taste is sweet honey, some zesty peel, Sprite, citrus, lemonade like flavor, light yet refreshing. Aftertaste is a bit short, but definitely a crowd pleaser. — 15 days ago

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