Chalk Hill

Estate Bottled Chalk Hill Merlot 2003

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Chalk Hill.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, licorice, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, smoke, vinaigrette, black pepper, tobacco leaf, earth and leather.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, herbs, light vegetables and earth.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great 16 year old Merlot from Sonoma County, California.

Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Love the tangy finish, which makes it interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts gave it 82 Points, but that was 12 years ago. Time did a great job here. This has aged beautifully.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, olives and cheeses.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

β€” 4 days ago

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Hector Wine Company

Seneca Lake Merlot 2017

Plum and bitter cocoa. A great example of how Merlot can be in FLX. β€” 4 days ago

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Winery 32

Loudoun County Merlot 2012

Loudoun County fruit used exclusively here in this 100% Merlot offering. I let this rest for six years and was rewarded with a really useful varietally accurate gem. When I tasted at the winery in 2015, I realized just how much Tannic structure was present and deemed this as a fitting project to age. I was right :) β€” 24 days ago


Napa Valley Merlot 2008

Shay A

This was my bottle, and it was opened alongside a β€˜15 for comparison sake. Aromatics were similar to the β€˜15 (red and black fruit) but less candied. More dirty, but not off putting. However, the finish on this was very turned very umami/earthy/herbal. Maybe an odd phase as it wakes up? Structure was still very solid (as expected for mountain fruit) so this may hold a while...

Almost two hours later: Better with air. Became more dark chocolate covered. Wow. The savory notes have faded and it’s showing a more rich and dark cocoa type finish. Very enjoyable.
β€” 17 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Very interesting wine. An initial pop and pour, this one had a very candied raspberry and cherry nose. On the entry, black cherry cola with some figs and a hint of dark cacao. The finish of this wine went to a very dark and soil rich truffle and mushroom for about the first 45 minutes. Almost seemed to have a straw or weedy kind of character. After an hour, the finish changed dramatically and this one was rocking. My goodness these Paloma Merlot are good.... If I could only keep my hands off of my younger vintages so that they could become older vintages!!

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

One of the best Merlots that I have had. Black fruit takes the stage with well rounded tannins. This is a tad one dimensional, but what more do you expect from merlot? Damn good merlot. Drink now! β€” 17 days ago

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Castello di Ama

Vigna l'Apparita Toscana IGT Merlot 1993

This 1993 100% merlot was still with lively fruit. Finished long, a treat β€” a month ago

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Long Shadows Wineries

Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2015

Kirk F

Consumed way too young but oh so good. Enjoyed over two hours watching some US Open action after 3 tough matches. Magnum. β€” 10 days ago

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I love this stuff.
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@Shay A so tempted to jump on the list but my basement is already to the rafters in shipping containers. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Chateau Lulia

Merlot 2009

Chocolate, plums, nuts, venous blood colour, ten years age is enough to take the maximum pleasure. β€” 9 days ago

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Charles Smith

The Velvet Devil Washington State Merlot 2016

Solid widely-available Charles Smith #merlot. Some dried plum, cigar box on the nose, fruit forward yet well balanced with acidity and some surprising pepper/spice notes. It paired very well with mixed beef tenderloin and chicken kebabs. Nice by-the-glass offering at a restaurant. β€” 3 days ago

Castello di Amorosa

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

I’ve learned to appreciate Merlot more after being around it for a while. This one is a wonderful example of a well-done Merlot - cherries, plums, chocolate, dried herbs, and vanilla. Light to medium acidity with supple tannins. A little smoky finish which is nice. β€” 7 days ago

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