Red raspberry and bing cherry nose and a palate of ripe raspberry, herbs, vanilla, chocolate and mocha with a hint of spice and a little bit of sauteed mushroom. Finish revealed a young tobacco and a hint of green pepper and black pepper spice. Nice acidity on the front and stiff oak tannin finish, going well with a salmon and honey/basil dish and also showing well by itself. Still has 5 years in it quite easily. — 2 days ago
Last time I opened one of these was back in 2012....what a difference six years has made! This wine has come to full maturity. Drinking at the very top and showing everything it has. Dark black mulberry, balckberry, figs and sweet roasted plums. Middle goes dark and gritty. Espresso bean, while still retaining an overt sweetness. the finish of this has great balance, nice acidity, resolving tannin, roasted black fruits and black pepper. Dang. Happy 4th of July everyone! — 15 days ago
The nose reveals; brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, underbrush, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, crushed, dry rock, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.
The body is full, still youthful and lush. The palate & tannins are rounded but, teethe, tarry & a touch austere. The tension, structure, length and balance are very nice but, still have 7–10 years good drinking ahead. Brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon stick, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, black licorice, underbrush, old, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, tarry notes, crushed, dry rock, dry top soil, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.
Photos of; Larkmead’s tasting room, the back courtyard and two aspects of their tasting patio. — 37 minutes ago
Typical Napa merlot made up of 90/10 merlot and cab - Power and finesse creating a nice balance - taste of dark cherries, blackberry compote and exotic spice. Juicy, ripe and lush on the palate, framed by supple tannins with a long elegant finish with chocolate and vanilla bean noticeable - Foley is winemaker - No one will be disappointed as this is dense purple color with a merlot luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal but only has imo five years left and this is definitely in the drinking zone now — 9 days ago
@Delectable Wine this is the Flint Knoll Royal Appointment.
Deep ruby red in appearance. Love the nose on day two. Rich and dark nose with spices and bright red berries with some cinnamon toast, blueberries and coconut. Medium plus tannins (7/10) with balanced acidity and medium plus body. Great structure and balanced palate coated in black and blue fruits, vanilla, cinnamon and bitter cocoa. A touch of anise too. Long finish. Drink till 2030. — 11 days ago
The 2014 Merlot from Mayacamas is a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, which is all about precision and sheer class. It begins with striking aromatics of ripe dark plums and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, graphite, crushed stones and traces of dried herbs all taking shape. On the palate this possessing a medium-bodied, with silky and refined texture leading to a tightly wound core. It thoroughly impresses as it effortlessly glides across the palate with incredible balance and finesse, leading up to the graceful finish. The 2014 is still showing a bit of restraint and needs some significant air contact before it begins to show, readers should plan on allowing this age-worthy Merlot at least a few more years to unwind before it hits its stride. — 10 days ago
Deep ruby color with a nose of black cherry, vanilla, bay leaf, and fig. Nice, well-balanced mouthfeel, medium to full bodied with and excellent, well rounded finish of fruit, tannin, and acidity. Velvety tannins. Nice, long finish. — 8 days ago