Canoe Ridge Vineyard

Reserve Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2011

It’s time for some #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Nose of cherries, plums, currants, strawberries, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, leather and black pepper. Gorgeous nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices and light vegetables.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a great Merlot from Horse Haven Hills. Nicely balanced with a tangy ending.

This 8 year old is drinking very nicely, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Peaking now.

Tastes very much like a Napa Merlot. Very Nice.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the tannins.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

Aged in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— a day ago

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I’m focused on Merlot. I’m going to try this one

Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2009

Lovely dark nose. Let this one sit for awhile, it gets better and better. Almost tasting chocolate notes on this now. Nice wine. — 20 hours ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot 2012

Merlot that is really coming into its own, opening up well from the get go. Darker purple fruit with accessible tannins. — 10 days ago

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Duckhorn Vineyards

Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2016

The 2016 Duckhorn ‘Three Palms Vineyard’ is another stellar release by the talented Renee Ary. Aged in 100% new French oak for eighteen months, the Merlot has 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec blended in. The nose exudes class with ripe chocolate covered bing cherry and shades of sweet pipe tobacco that mingle with the dusty terroir tones on the nose. The palate is plush, giving an err of decadence. The silky mouthfeel really gives a feel of opulence. Black Forest cake and dark licorice flavors collide with the dusty minerals and cigar box flavors. Simply outstanding in its youth following a one hour decant, this stunning Merlot will cellar well for decades. Drink 2020-2040- 94 — 7 days ago

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Ryan Vento

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First Merlot I ever had that blew me away.
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Neil Valenzuela This is sure no cheap treat but I absolutely love the layered approach here 🍷
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@Ryan Vento Truly sensational new Merlot 🍷

Wente Vineyards

Sandstone Livermore Valley Merlot 2015

Really good merlot! Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry, fig, cherry and cedar. Cranberry, cherry and a tobacco finish. — 2 days ago

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This indeed sounds good!🍷
David Shaw

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Sounds like it’s not 100% Merlot
Neil Valenzuela

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@David Shaw - I believe it only has be 75% in order to just be called Merlot.

Alpha Omega

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

Beautiful dark purple. Fuller body, dry, smooth, soft. Blueberry jam, hints of tobacco. Absolutely lovely wine. — 11 days ago

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Camaraderie Cellars

Yakima Valley Merlot 2016

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice surprise from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, plums, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, light earth, tobacco, cedar, chocolates, pencil lead, black pepper and light vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, pencil lead, peppercorn, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables and earth.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Yakima Valley in Washington State.
Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Tastes like a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. A nice surprise. A Merlot for the Cabernet drinker.

Needs 90 minutes minutes to open up properly. Drinking nicely now and will be better in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with Lamb chops on the BBQ. Good with cheeses too.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 15 days ago

Casey, Daniel and 10 others liked this

Murrieta's Well

Small Lot Livermore Valley Merlot 2016

This Merlot-heavy blend (5% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a generous nose of smoke and dark fruit. The palate is rich with black cherry, mocha, vanilla and floral notes. Tannins are firm enough, but the sipping is still easy. It’s a really good, single-vineyard Merlot that deserves a hot ribeye.
— 11 days ago

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Napa Valley Merlot 1999

Last and best of six bottles over the past four years. Wonderful dark fruit. — 3 days ago

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Marchesi Antinori

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Cont'Ugo Bolgheri Merlot 2015

Lovely notes of vanilla, dark cherries, and earth on the nose. Still some tannins left on this one but still very smooth. Vanilla on the palate too as well as chocolate, dark berries and more. Lovely old world wine from Antinori. — 16 days ago

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