The 2004 Seavey Merlot is showing marvelously now at the fifteen year mark. Aged in 40% new French oak, the wine is a silky blend of 75% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Petit Verdot (10%). The earthy tones aromatically are really nice, as this shows dusty terroir that has settled with the black fruits and black tea aromas that all come together in the glass. The palate is soft, rich and downright elegant. Black fruits collide with shades of creme de cassis and mocha, with the lovely damp terroir terroir that round out this beautiful palate. This is absolutely singing at the fifteen year mark but has another ten years left. Drink 2019-2029- 92
— 19 days ago
It’s time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.
Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, figs, dried fruits, cooked raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, cola, earth, chocolates, tobacco, mocha and black pepper.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, earth, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha and coke.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Big bold and beautiful.
Showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity, once it's opened up. Intense, rich and extracted. Teeth staining color. I've had it many times and it is very consistent.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. So give it time.
I've had this vintage 6 months ago and it is showing nicer now.
Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 11 days ago
Color of dark ruby and purple, tiny bit cloudy and can’t see through. Nose is nice with dark fruits like blackberry and cherry, vanilla, anise, leather, hint of oak, tobacco leaves, ￼a bit minty and hint of strength of alcohol. Taste is oaky, dried, chewy and hickory, dark fruits, marginal tannins, green pepper, some spice and indeed a bit tinkling and peppery. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, more oak, but good strength of alcohol and medium long. She is good and beats a lot of high end Bordeaux. — 9 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty Napa Cabernet.
Dark ruby in color with a very short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, barnyard, chocolates, vinaigrette, earth, wet leaves and herbs.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, black currants, earth, wood, vanilla, barnyard, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, spices, peppercorn, leather and pencil lead.
Long tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a great Napa Cabernet. Showing nice complexity now. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy finish.
Feels much older than its age, although not showing it on the color.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and removes some of the stinky nose.
This 5 year old from the great 13 vintage, is drinking very nicely now, and will get better in the next 5 to 15 years. I had the 2012 when it was a 3 year old. What a big difference time makes.
Robert Parker 94 points.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 70% new French oak barrels.
14.6% alcohol by volume .
$75. — 24 days ago
Mid to deep Ruby. Black currant and Margaret River herbaceous notes. Medium weight with medium plus intensity. Amazing quality for this Woodlands 2nd wine. Many Margaret River producers would be happy to have this as their No. 1 wine. From another good year in the Margaret River - will go on for at least another 5 to 10 years. — 3 days ago
Great legendary Calistoga winery. 2011 vintage not the greatest, but after years in the bottle this was tasty Cab/Merlot blend. Wish i could afford the 2016s. — 12 hours ago
100% merlot whereas 2015 was a blend. Very good, even if a different wine. Pepper, dark cherry, minerality. Lovely. 14.5% abv. — 13 days ago
Overpriced but very good right-bank Bordeaux mixed with the Mediterranean from Limoux. Mostly an excellent expression of Merlot, the Mediterranean provides the entire finish. A little sharp in the finish, but the Rothschilds clearly know what they are doing. I’d like to taste this vintage 5 years from now, as I expecting will be spectacular then. The $50 price tag is a little steep since I can buy a Bordeaux at that price. — 9 days ago
The 2016 Figgins Red Wine is a stunning new bottling by superstar winemaker Chris Figgins. On the nose you can really smell the Petit Verdot undertones as this shows off gorgeous blackberry compote with blueberry pie, sagebrush and green pell pepper aromas that all build marvelously in the glass. The palate is gorgeous, showing a silky texture and wonderful sense of minerality. A bright beam of salinity runs through this beautiful wine, slowly unveiling bright black cherry and Turkish coffee flavors that collide with blueberry pie and Chinese black tea flavors. Polished and layered, this is seriously good in its youth but it will evolve well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 6 days ago