Napa Valley Merlot

Peju Province Winery

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a delightful one.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, spices, cedar, licorice, vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Fruit forward, rich and big, with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins {90 minutes).

Drinking very nicely now and will be better in the next 5 years.

I had it all by itself. So delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 6 days ago

Daniel P., Shay and 15 others liked this

Seavey Vineyard

Estate Bottled Merlot 1999

Enjoying our first dining experience at Lucca’’s Italian Restaurant in Sacramento, Double decanted Seavey 1999 Cab. Dark blackberry color. Nose has a stewed plumb essence and veggie spice aroma with hints of cinnamon and eucalyptus mint. Medium acidity plumb tobacco and leathery taste. Tannins are mild. An old Napa wine to drink now and enjoyment in itself. — 4 days ago

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Tangley Oaks

Lot # 14 Napa Valley Merlot 2015

Bold aroma hints at a rich and flavorful glass. Pleasant and perfectly smooth. Just rings a little flat on the tastebuds. Good but not quite what the nose would suggest. — 3 days ago

Beaulieu Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

BV wine dinner at The Tasting Room with winemaker Trevor Durling.
Final Course: Assorted mignardises.
Paired with this 2016 Merlot, and it did pretty good. I confess, my notes on this were lacking because it was late in the dinner and my palate was shot.
— 3 hours ago

Iwan, Dawn and 4 others liked this

Hunt & Harvest

Rutherford Merlot 2013

Time for my #MerlotThursday. Here's a great one from Napa Valley.

A nice color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, plums, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, dark coffee, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vegetables, leather, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and spicy. Fruit forward and big. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour).

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now. From a great vintage, and is peaking now. Will be good in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Merlot grapes were aged in 50% New French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 20 days ago

Dr., Shawn and 15 others liked this


Napa Valley Merlot 2013

Nice, nice, nice wine! Sweet velvety tannins, beautiful finish. Perfect with truffles and a prime rib. Definitely drinks like a Right Bank Bordeaux. — 3 days ago

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Merlot 2014

First Disney wine. Starts off black and blue but then gets more red fruited as it opens. This is a baby. We are lobbying to have a bottle opened tonight to enjoy tomorrow. This wine has a great toasted oak tannin finish. Middle has medium+ density weight. Really nice bottle. Will be a 94 in 5 years but solid 92-93 now. Can't imagine what the WS Keyes Merlot tastes like! — 13 days ago

Severn, Shay and 23 others liked this

Saddleback Cellars

Merlot 2015

Medium purple with garnet undertones and clean, thin edges. Nicely complex nose consisting of freshly cut grass, herbs, big blue fruit, and spice. A Napa Merlot that’s actually a Merlot and not so much a Cab in disguise. Medium bodied and round with some acidity that evens out after a bit of air. Almost perfectly integrated oak that doesn’t come close to overdoing it. Big fruit notes on the palate of black cherry, blueberry, and licorice. Mild vanilla, new leather, and plenty of spice to compliment. Long, distinguished finish. This is how you do Merlot. — 19 days ago

Stuart, Kevin and 2 others liked this

Frog's Leap

Rutherford Merlot 2015

Slightly underipe and vegetal at first... but not offensive and it blows off. I suspect this will integrate nicely with age. Good now nonetheless. — 15 days ago

Bob, Rodney and 13 others liked this


Big Ranch Vineyard Merlot 2014

Solid merlot - nothing distinctive necessarily, just good. — 11 days ago

Shay, Daniel and 7 others liked this