Ella Valley Vineyards Vineyard's Choice 32/35 2012, Israel 95
Time for some #Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot blend from Israel.
Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.
Pretty nose of blackberries, sweet plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, black pepper, mocha, coffee, milk chocolates and tobacco.
Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, toasted cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, earth, mocha, coffee and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a wonderful Red Blend from Israel. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich and extracted, yet elegant. Resembles a good quality Napa Bordeaux blend.
This 8 year old is peaking now and will be good in the next few years. I had it before, as a 5 year old, and this time it's so much better.
This is a big red wine, with teeth staining color. Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the tannins.
Thank you Sean for sharing this wonderful wine with me. This is a delicious wine to have with friends.
Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheeses and light appetizers.
A blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 17 months in oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 days ago
This is the best bottle out of a sixpack that I bought at an auction 3 years ago...
And although I already was impressed with the first four bottles, this one really punches above its weight. And age.
Cranberries, cherries, dried herbs, attractive acidity, faint hints of orange peel and sandalwood.
Could easily be mistaken for a 10 year old (!) Chianti... without the tannines.
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 — 8 days ago
A 93 now with upside potential. Probably should have left this alone for 2-3 years even after a 30 minute decant. Dirty raspberry pie and black cherry marmelade. Rather sweet open. Herbal middle. Finishes a little off balance but still very full bodied and grippy. Mostly dirty red fruit dominated. Really good but I can imagine how complex this will be in about 5 years. HOLD these. — 14 days ago
It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a delicious one from Napa.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, peppercorn, dust and graphites.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, peppercorn, cedar, leather, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, metals, chocolates, dark roast coffee and light vegetables.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Rich and extracted.
Needs an hour to open up properly and show the tannins. After 3 hours of airtime, black licorice notes come in, which was a nice surprise.
Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely now.
This Single Vineyard is a very hard one to come by. Thank you Kim and Barry for sharing this with me.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Merlot grapes were grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. Aged in French oak (60% new) barrels for 25 months. A small production of only 143 cases.
Delicious and tasty.
15.3% alcohol by volume.
$215. — 10 days ago
Color of purple with dark ruby, a bit cloudy. Nose of dark ripe cherry, milky sweet vanilla, a bit minty, dried strawberry, spice, a bit oak, a bit plum, leathery, and the nose is plenty. Taste of good mix of tannins and acidity, chewy with nice salty mineral, zesty, cherry, oak, subtle sweetness, and a bit peppery. Aftertaste of some more zest of rind and salty mineral. Good content. — 12 days ago
My first glass said to me another outstanding bottle of Insignia. After dinner I poured a second glass and POW. It opened up and this is beyond outstanding. The balance, structure, tannins, mouth feel and aroma make this a wine that few will ever experience its greatness. I don’t hand out high scores but I might have underrated this one. I have 10 bottles left and I will cherish them over the next many years! WOW🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
Enjoyed the subtle oak influence in this Columbia Valley mostly Merlot w/ just a smidge of syrah. The syrah gifted the blend givinging it a characteristic spicy pepper — 2 months ago
Color is dark purple, almost opaque. Nose is soft and refined, with oak, dried strawberries and black cherry, tobacco leaves, and mix of more cigar box and oak. Nose is warm and fragrant. Taste follows the nose with nice balance of refined sweetness and acidity, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits including cherry and ripe grapes, a bit peppery, quality tannins and a touch of nice mineral. Tasty. Aftertaste of more subtle sweetness, pepper, mineral, oak, and a bit minty. At her peak. Enjoy. — 4 days ago
Deep ruby, almost purple, hue. Ripe purple fruit, such as blackberries, black currant, fig jam, and plum sauce, and tobacco, cocoa, bell pepper, sage, smoked meat, cedar, and delicate baking spices. Velveteen on the palate with soft tannins and a long finish. Vintage 2016. 14.5% ABV. #merryvale #merryvalevineyards #coombsvillenapa #merlot #merlotday #merlot #napavalley #napavalleywine #napawine — 16 days ago