Napa Valley Merlot

Moffett Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Compared with a note of almost two years ago, this one has done some substantial growing up. Medium-plus density wine. Poured very dark to the glass with a faint hint of violet. The nose is brambly Blackberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco. This wine sort of seems to have a munch rounder profile through the front and middle.
Black fruit front with a hint of cigar Ash and sweet pipe tobacco. Middle is darker. Dark chocolate notes with a much more mature profile. Still a fair amount of tannin and soil terroir on the finish. A very lovely wine that really shows well with only 5 to 10 minutes of air. This one isn't getting any better in the bottle, so drink up!
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I see our merlot theme from last night got to you!
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Indeed @Shay A ... Was thinking about Merlot all day!

Paloma

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

This one needs about 2 years in bottle the most. Notes of raspberry and milk chocolate. Entry shows a medium bodied wine that is acidic but quite delicate on the fruit balance. Raspberry liqueur and a hint of chocolate / cocoa dustiness. This wine seems to finish with a lot of restraint and stiff tannin. I think this one is just very young and needs some time to settle. I believe this one was held back a bit as well as the 15 and I can respect that. Still, it was the perfect acoutrement to turkey burgers and complemented well. — 13 days ago

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Nice! Such a great Merlot!

Duckhorn Vineyards

Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 1987

En magnum. Absolutely brilliant Napa Merlot, very youthful fruit, balanced, great freshness and acidity, not at all hot (12.9% abc), long finish, has many years left!! — 9 days ago

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Pahlmeyer

Napa Valley Merlot 2013

Shay A
9.4

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

Probably my WOTN. I guessed Napa merlot between 2012-2014. Really benefited from being decanted as it changed quite a bit. At first, it had some leather and herbal aromatics but after a while, it turned to more dark fruit and nutmeg. Very soft and round on the palate showing mocha and baked plums. Very enjoyable, but give it a decant if popping soon. Thanks
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Trefethen Family Vineyards

F.H.B Oak Knoll District Merlot 2015

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

I called this Napa merlot between 2013-2015. Similar to some of the other merlots of the night, I got a dustiness to the fruit. Nicely balanced with good acidity and tannin. Definitely more red and black fruit dominant with bay leaf and a streak of licorice down the middle. I could see this going up in score a little bit over the next couple of years. Thanks
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Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Took 45 minutes to open up and started out with a decent amount of fruit before transitioning toward a dusty finish. Paired well with a steak. — 3 days ago

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Twomey

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Pale ruby color. Aromas of cranberry, clove, and a hint of cinnamon. Strong flavors or red fruit, loads of spice with a dry finish. — 7 days ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

I called this 2012-2014 Napa merlot. Very balanced. Chalky tannins. Red, blue and black fruit. Aside from the Pedestal, I got more chocolate and dates here than the others. It wasn’t exuberant nor shy, just a nice “down the middle” wine. Thanks
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Swanson Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2013

Shay A
9.0

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

I guessed domestic merlot between 2012-2014 from Napa. Very classic merlot. Ripe red and black fruits on the nose, slightly floral on the palate, as well as cedar wood, with good acidity. Thanks
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This wine used to be so much better IMO

Matthiasson

Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2014

David T
9.2

Light body and lean, soft extraction. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, bright cherries, soft understated vanilla, amazing bright red & blue florals. Beautiful acidity with a lean well polished fruity, finish.

Photos of; the Estate property, a nice sunset as seen from one of their sitting areas on their property, Owner/Winemaker, Steve Matthiasson having some vineyard fun amongst some of his very old gnarly vines and another shot of of a Matthiasson vineyard.
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