Napa Valley Merlot

Duckhorn Vineyards

Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 2014

Dark crimson and garnet color. Very dark cherry fruit, bacon spices and a smokey vanilla hit the nose then lingers with a spearmint menthol scent and chocolate that is pleasant and inviting. Velvety feel fills the mouth with a cherry liqueur hitting the pallet; as the wine coats the tongue a raisin-prune and cedar taste comes out with hints of vanilla and coffee floating in and out. Medium to long finish and tannins pretty much resolved. 2017 Wine Spectator’s wine of the year! — 9 days ago

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Freemark Abbey

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

I don’t really have any relationship to Merlot, so I thought it was time to spend some time with a bottle. Though not necessarily known for this grape, Freemark Abbey is a name to remember - the first winery in CA founded by a woman and an American delegate at the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting. I figured an Oakville right bank blend was as close as I’m going to come soon to a young Pomerol. The wine was a deep garnet purple, almost opaque, and after an hour in decanter I got wild blackberry and rhubarb, dark chocolate and tobacco chilling with some decreasingly opinionated tannins. We’ll see how it compares to the next, but I’m happy. $32, 2016 — 6 days ago

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Perus Wine

Bryn Proprietary Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

Perus Wine Company Bryn Proprietary Red Wine 2017 Napa Valley, California

It's time for some
#FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa Valley.

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Pronounced nose of cooked cherries, dried figs, raisins, blackberries, light vanilla, cedar, mocha, light earth, chocolates, coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied, big, soft, smooth and elegant with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, cola, light earth, maple, alcohol, peppercorn and coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Napa Valley is just delicious now, although still young.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced and fruit forward.

Definitely a wine to sip on all by itself. No need for food here, although a big, juicy steak would be fine too 😊.

Good right out of the bottle and gets better as it opens up and shows the complexity. I gave it 4 hours in the decanter before I started drinking it.

This reminds me of the Insignia. I would love to try them side by side. I'd love to see how it evolves in 10 years.

Spicy and interesting. Elegant yet powerful. Tasty, smooth and delicious. Loved the palate better than the nose at this point, but this will probably change in 5 years from now.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. A small production of only 250 cases.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

— 11 days ago

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Blankiet Estate

Prince of Hearts Rosé Merlot 2018

Hands down, the best rose I’ve ever had! So complex with notes of strawberries, mulberry, citrus and even caramel! Lingers in the mouth for a minute after each sip and seems to hit every corner of your mouth! Damn good! — 2 days ago

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@Mike R ... that is a serious rose .. I was blown away!
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I agree . Incredible Rose.
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Barnett Vineyards

Estate Bottled Spring Mountain District Merlot 2016

Excellent producer - this is just behind the cab franc for me. Light on its feet with a slurry of red fruits. — 7 days ago

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Ehlers Estate

St. Helena Merlot 2014

I’ve had multiple vintages of this wine ranging from 10 years back to 4 years. 6 year old ‘14. Napa dust, raspberry, blackberry on the nose. Clay minerality, raspberry, strawberry on the tongue. Definitely has some life left. Tannins are still really noticeable but some of the fruit is waning. I think this would be perfect in a year or two. — 9 days ago


Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Smoky aroma, wooden, dry, oaky taste, strong tannins, pairs beautifully with a well seasoned burger or spicy sausage. — 2 days ago

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Farella Vineyards

Coombsville Merlot 2012

Consistently my favorite domestic Merlot because it’s consistently a stellar wine. Beautiful medium purple with lighter lavender undertones. I love smelling this wine, it may be the best part of the show. Highly expressive nose that starts off with smoke, dried herbs, and blackberry cobbler. There are some really nice floral notes here too. Wonderful Coombsville fruit shining here, she’s not heavy handed or bloated. None of that “a Merlot that drinks like a Cab” happening, there’s a softness and a deftness despite the 14.5. So many other wines just can’t maintain this kind of balance: rich and deep without being heavy. Tons of black and red cherries on the palate, along with vanilla and just the right amount of oak. Year in and year out this is one of Napa’s great Merlots. — 18 days ago

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@Willie Carter Willie sounds great have a good weekend Cheers 🍷


Fantastic post. Be well!🍷

Swanson Vineyards

Salon Wine Selection Napa Valley Merlot 2017

While the 2017 vintage is still a bit young, it is fruit forward but balanced with a vegetal leaning. Long finish. Slight pepper but hint of bell pepper. — 13 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Provençal herbs on the nose, black cherry palate, medium tannins- great now and good for another eight years -Seavey virtual tasting — 3 days ago