Merlot Blend

Chalk Hill

Estate Bottled Chalk Hill Merlot 2003

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Chalk Hill.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, licorice, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, smoke, vinaigrette, black pepper, tobacco leaf, earth and leather.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, herbs, light vegetables and earth.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great 16 year old Merlot from Sonoma County, California.

Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Love the tangy finish, which makes it interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts gave it 82 Points, but that was 12 years ago. Time did a great job here. This has aged beautifully.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, olives and cheeses.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 6 days ago

Alex, Shay and 22 others liked this
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@"Odedi" Sounds wonderful! Cheers! 🍷

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Very nice wine @Dawn E.

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— 5 days ago

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When this wine was released in the fall of 2017, I thought it was absolutely brilliant and layered with exquisite nuances of baking spices, florality and mixed berry freshness. Maybe it was the luck of bottle shock, The blend has radically changed as it has aged in bottle - for the worse :( While I wasn’t completely disappointed in the aeration of this for-year-old wine, I am hoping that it settles into a better place over the next 3 to 5 years. The released-date rating would have been a 92! — 3 days ago

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Aromas of plum, tobacco and pencil shavings with a leafy dusty note. On the palate silky smooth filling every corner of the mouth. Great texture and balance with fully resolved soft tannins. Once it warmed up (from a 10 degree Celsius cellar) and time in decanter it became a very presentable Merlot. Traces of violets after a few hours. We do some excellent Cabernet Merlot in this country but very little straight Merlot. This is from the Canberra District. — a day ago

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Very nice right bank blend. Drinking it way to early but still very enjoyable. Has considerable torque that tells you it will be good for 10-15 more years. — 6 days ago

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Big party with lots of great wines. This unusual blend of Merlot and Syrah really works here. Color a bit lighter than expected but taste is mouth filling without being unbalanced or overly fruity. Seems like this would pair well with any dish that calls for red wine. Softened and ready to drink. An hour of air fully displays this. — 9 days ago

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Ken Z

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Nose of earth, and cherry. Flavors of black cherry, tar, and earth. Medium to full body, with medium + tannins, and a long, earthy finish.

3/22/8/3/4 +50 =89 pts.
— 6 days ago

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Okanagan Valley Merlot Blend 2007

Stunning wine. Decanted for 50 or so minutes. Dark currants, light cassis, followed by vanilla, coffee, graphite. Pronounced earthiness and leather. Silky smooth and velvety tannins. Paired with scallops and rack of lamb. — 13 days ago

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Michael B

Michael B

@Trixie and @P A thank you, was a great bottle.


I'd love to try an older vintage like this. 🍷
Michael B

Michael B

@AgeyFixey yeah it was a special occasion, very fortunate.