Merlot Blend

Sportoletti

Villa Fidelia Rosso Merlot Blend 2015

For $18.00 its not bad, now I need some🍕 actually with some air I’m surprised how tasty this is, not a fruit bomb at all. Great structure for the price, this could easily pass for a $50.00 bottle
K&L notes,

This is one of our favorite valued-priced Cabernet blends from Italy and the current release is as satisfying as ever. It's a ripe and full-flavored red that remains surprisingly fresh and lengthy on the palate. The previous vintage was a big customer favorite and we expect this one to be met with the same enthusiasm.


The “Villa Fidelia” bottling from Sportoletti has long been a personal favorite of mine. This is one of the benchmark producers from Umbria whose annual offerings have been greeted with high praise from critics and consumers alike. This Merlot based Bordeaux style blends drinks like a much more expensive wine. There’s gorgeous dark berry fruit with a touch of wood spice and smoky notes on the nose. On the palate the wine expresses itself with a fine mélange of red and black berries. There’s enough structure and tannin to keep the wine interesting but not so much that it impinges on the tasters palate. This should be one of our best sellers while supplies last.
— 2 days ago

Eric, Tom and 17 others liked this

Owen Roe

Red Willow Vineyard Red Blend 2012

Yakima Valley Bordeaux Blend- (38% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot). Nose features tobacco, mint, green pepper and dark cherry. Pallet shows big dark cherry/berry fruit with hints of green pepper, dark chocolate and graphite. Body is a bit lighter than expected. Medium tannins. A bit less than I was expecting. — 12 hours ago

Hermes, Philip and 1 other liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Very masculin wine with granite, tar, leather, liquorice notes with amazingly soft silky tannin. It opens in 30 min to this explosion of aforementioned notes with black fruit in the background. Green bell pepper in the background give away the youth. It should develop very well over the years. Great length: good 35 seconds on the palate. Now I need to try the real deal COS from the same vintage. — 7 days ago

Ira, Aravind and 23 others liked this
Rodolphe Clérac

Rodolphe Clérac

I have a Cos 1985 for you for your next visit... if I did not drink it before...
Muralee Murugesu

Muralee Murugesu

@Rodolphe Clérac buddy if this Covid mess wasn’t on I will take a flight for it.
Rodolphe Clérac

Rodolphe Clérac

Hopefully soon! I can keep it for another year...

Dusted Valley Vintners

BFM Stone Tree Vineyard Merlot Blend 2016

Black cherry, coco, and coffee notes on the nose are seductive and indicative of the relative youth of this vintage. On the sip, all those flavors come through, especially the black cherry. In addition some black plum, tobacco and vanilla come through. Yum! — 6 days ago

Cherish HartJen Masar
with Cherish and Jen

Hourglass

Blueline Estate Napa Valley Merlot 2018

Ever since we did a tasting with @Anthony Biagi i find this hard not to drink - even young. What a difference Tony has made for Hourglass as well as his own line of Patria. I probably drink his wines 1 out of every 3 or 4 bottles I have. This is a rich, opulent wine and was WOTN when we did our hourglass virtual tasting. — 9 days ago

Daniel Taub
with Daniel
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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A blend of about 70% Cab Sauv and 30% Merlot, aged for 26 months in French oak (2/3 new). I'll start off by saying this wine is good now but will be great in another 5-10 years if you have the patience. Ruby with rich aromas of dark fruit, smoke & spice. Flavors of jammy blackberry, current and cherry with notes of licorice, cacao and spice. Fine dusty tannins with a tight rustic edge, well integrated, nice balance, long ending with earthy tones. Small production! Tasting Sample! — 12 days ago

Paul, Shay and 3 others liked this

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Fraternity Napa Valley Red Blend 2018

#MerlotThursday

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, peppercorn, spices, dark coffee, espresso, tobacco, light alcohol and cinnamon.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, light vegetables, licorice, peppercorn, light earth, coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This young Napa red blend is already drinking very nicely. Tasty with lots of coffee notes. Smells like walking into a coffee shop. Loved that.

Needs time to open up properly, I gave it 90 minutes, but longer would be suggested.

Nicely balanced, although a little rigid right now. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

A good wine to pair with a big piece of steak, but good all by itself as well.

Still young with potential to be even better in the next 5 to 10 years. I had the 2013 recently, and it showed so well, so be patient with this 2 year old.

Spicy, tasty, delicious and interesting.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah and 2% Petit verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.
— 5 days ago

Beachin, Ted and 12 others liked this

Château La Tour de Mons

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2009 vintage. At that time this estate was owned by French Bank Crédit Agricole, but it was sold in late 2019 to the Perrodo family (owners of Marquis d'Alesme and Labégorce in Margaux). Considered very good terroir, fairly close to the Gironde with 30 years old vines and some very old plots. The blend in this vintage was 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot. Very attractive nose after 30 minutes in the glass, ripe cassis and flowers. More elegance than sheer power, this is drinking well today with a nice balance between cassis fruit, good acidity and well-integrated oak and alcohol (abv 14%). With a little bit more depth and more fruit in the finish this could have competed with some of the crus classés. In any case very reasonable value at 29 euros and what you'd expect from a good Margaux at this price point. — 14 days ago

James, Hermes and 5 others liked this

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Columbia Valley Merlot 2017

80% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Grenache, 1% Pinot Noir

13.5% ABV

Fruity and very tasty glou glou, gentle tannin, lil graphite note. Fantastic for $15.

Could use more Rhone varietal %, but thats just me ;)
— 7 days ago

Mike, Ericsson and 1 other liked this

Buccella

Merlot 2013

Eric S
9.4

Better on day 2 after forgetting to put the cork in overnight. Still opulent as a MF, but some of lush burns off and gets replaced by a decent amount of earth (for Buccella anyway). — 6 days ago

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David L

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Without a doubt... one of the top rated Merlot coming out of the region.,
Eric S

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Totally agree!