Napa Valley Merlot

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Merlot 2002

David T
9.3

On the nose, ripe, lush, rich; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, olallieberries, black raspberries & strawberries on the glass edges, mixed berry cola, black licorice, vanilla, mocha & dark chocolate, liqueur notes, slight alcohol burn, crush dry rocks, saddle-wood, dry brown top soil/clay, rich, moist, black soil and candied red florals with very fragrant violets.

The body is full, lush and ruby. Tannins are round, velvety and slightly dusty. The fruits are candied and super ripe (perhaps a touch overripe); blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, olallieberries, black raspberries & strawberries on the glass edges, mixed berry cola, black licorice, sweet tarry notes, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha & dark chocolate, lots of caramel, liqueur notes, just a touch of alcohol burn (14.8%), dark spice with heat that lifts off the palate, crush dry rocks, saddle-wood, dry brown top soil/clay, rich, moist, black soil and candied red florals with very fragrant violets. The structure, length, tension and balance are harmonious...right at their peak. Acidity is perfect. The long, rich, ripe, ruby, lush, velvety, elegant finish is spectacular and lasts minutes.

There is still plenty of life ahead for their 02 Merlot. Another 5 years and perhaps a little more.

Photos of, the gate entrance to Switchback Ride, Kelly Peterson, Managing Partner and Switchback Estate vines.
— 5 days ago

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Eric Shanks

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Wines built like tanks. One of my favorite Cali merlots.
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@Eric Shanks A couple of flaws but, otherwise singing & dancing on the palate. Cheers! 🍷

Beringer Vineyards

Estate Bottled Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 1987

Still going strong, I wish I had a few more bottles. It reminds me that Merlot received a bad rap in Sideways.
This was velvety and full of flavors !
— 4 days ago

Duckhorn Vineyards

Estate Grown Napa Valley Merlot 2001

From magnum, opened for my dad’s 70th birthday celebration. Drinking very well for a 17 year old merlot. Mature fruit, a little leather, dusty tannins. Nice stuff. — 12 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Estate Grown Napa Valley Merlot 2012

16.5/20 (90/100) Вино с насыщенным ароматом красной сливы, ментола, ежевики, чёрного изюма, шоколада, ванили и чёрного чая. Плотное и спиртуозное с сильными, сухими танинами. Американское мерло во всей красе. — 2 days ago

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Guilliams Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Merlot 2009

This 2009 is a delicious merlot. These were real hand crafted wines. I said were , because I believe they are no longer made. If any knows different, let me know. — 17 days ago

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Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2005

I lost the cork removal battle here. After some filtration acrobatics it was intact and good to go. I’m an unabashed fan of Spring Mountain merlot (Keenan, Pride, Paloma, Barnett) and this is usually right up there for me....but this vintage is waning and doesn’t having that characteristic extra punch I expect that elevates it above valley floor merlot. Could be just this bottle but I’d drink up the ‘05s if you have them. — a month ago

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Eric Shanks

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Bummer. I would expect these to go longer.
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No reason they shouldn’t @Eric Shanks this may have had a slight flaw
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Recognize that porch!?!?

Farella Vineyards

Coombsville Merlot 2013

Killer old school Merlot. More savory than fruity. Great Girl Scout thin mint cookie vibe with ink and black cherries. — 12 days ago

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Turnbull Wine Cellars

Fortuna Vineyard Merlot 2014

Top 3 Merlot for me. Inky tobacco and great fruit. Bring yer wallet. — 6 days ago

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Nice. Want to have a look at this...

Duckhorn Vineyards

Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2014

Merlot for Cab drinkers. — 2 days ago

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Joseph Carr

Napa County Merlot 2013

Tall grass. Mellow with good spice. Good with dark chocolate. Maybe a little leathery with notable tannins. A bolder merlot. Would buy again. — 7 days ago