Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2017

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

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Duckhorn Merlot is a benchmark wine.


Stellenbosch Merlot 2014

Really good. Black currant coffee mint. Lingering finish. NICE β€” 3 days ago

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Wyndham Estate

Bin 999 Merlot 2018

Easy, juicy and yet subtle structure and balancing between fruitful and oak juicy and easy to be made pairings πŸ§€
Underneath chocolate vanilla and earthy spices πŸ…
Plum and black fruit characters balance with the subtle structures
Lasting and persistence finish
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Blueline Estate Merlot 2017

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Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

We returned to Hourglass after our visit in 2018 as the wines are just so enjoyable, but the tasting cave may be one of the coolest spots to enjoy a glass of wine.

Consistently a top merlot for me. This vintage shows a slightly darker profile with added savory notes. Still mainly black cherry with baking spices, coffee beans and cherry tobacco leaves up front, but it turns spice and cinnamon driven with currant, plum and dark cocoa toward the finish.
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Tua Rita

Redigaffi Rosso Toscana Merlot 2008

Very nice. We tasted through the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, and 2010. The 08 was my favorite. β€” 8 days ago

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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa County Sonoma County Merlot 2011

Framboise and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Well balanced - the tannins are in synch with the purple fruits here. Plum,
cassis and just a touch of bell pepper on the palate with a fairly long finish. Very good (especially for a 2011). I don’t think it will improve much from here but in a very good place now.
β€” 4 days ago

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Marilyn Wines

Napa Valley Merlot 2008

Fruit forwardly berry. Like diving into a pool with a cranberry and raspberry splash! Baking spice. Supple tannins on the short warm finish. Soft and satisfying... A kiss from Marilyn herself. β€” 9 days ago

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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Kristin the Wine Girl I've had the 2016 vintage, also enjoyable.

Vie di Romans

Maurus Merlot 2014

Not a fair tasting since we had this one as second one while it should have been the first. Wonderfull nose but too much acidity due to the bolder Lebanese we had before β€” 9 days ago

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Le Macchiole

Messorio Toscana Merlot 2011

Beautiful wine with dark fruit and mocha/chocolate nibs, followed with herbal notes. Long finish β€” 14 days ago

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Stags' Leap Winery

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Nice soft landing into wine again after a few weeks - nice medium dark fruit and spices - would love to have tried this a second day. β€” 16 days ago

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