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.
$45. — 7 days ago
Easy, juicy and yet subtle structure and balancing between fruitful and oak juicy and easy to be made pairings 🧀
Underneath chocolate vanilla and earthy spices 🍅
Plum and black fruit characters balance with the subtle structures
Lasting and persistence finish
🦢 — a day ago
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. — 5 days ago
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. — 4 days ago