This wine has a lot of things going on. Immediately after cork pop, this bottle seems to be a little flat with a muted nose, modest (at best) acidity, and next to no tannin. Well, 30 minutes later and this Merlot is completely different. This wine is a little more weighted than the 2011. Not calling the 2011 'thin' by any means, but this one has some torque no doubt. Pours a dusty violet to the glass. The nose is baked cherries and some darker milk chocolate. The entry of this wine has sharp acidity, dark chocolate cherry cordials with some pretty damn good liqueur here. For a split second, a little bit sweet in the middle. Finish is acidic. Tannin seems to be there, but not significantly. Allows for a beautiful finish. — a day ago
My dinner companions only drink white wine so I was very happy to see a half bottle of this on the list for me! Rich fruit profile with flavors of blueberry, vanilla, baking spice. Hints of chocolate. Silky smooth texture and a finish that goes on and on. — 12 days ago
One of the most distinctive and flavorful Merlots I can remember tasting. Hint of oak in the nose. Earthy, full flavor and satisfying finish. Makes me want to visit the vineyard! — 2 days ago
Merlot Thursday is up! Last week was the 2013, this time the 2014 Napa Merlot.
Dark ruby in color with a reddish wide rim.
Fruity nose of black currants, cherries, blueberries, cedar, leather, earth, alcohol, vegetables, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, licorice, cloves, vanilla, spices, alcohol, espresso, dark chocolates and peppercorn.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well-balanced with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel, but still a little hot.
Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.
A good food wine that pairs well with BBQ Meats. This 4 year old is very enjoyable, even by itself as a sipping wine. Drink now.
I paired it with a BBQ steak and steamed broccoli.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$20. — 10 days ago
Popped the cork 2.5 hours before the the first pour - no decant. Pretty nose with vanilla and perfumed violets. There is serious weight to the palate. Chocolate and blueberries. Still some tannin and acid there. I will keep my remaining bottle for 2-5 years. — 15 days ago
Deep ruby red with a strong, fruity nose. Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and vanilla initially. There’s some oak and tobacco on the nose, as well, that gives it a slightly rustic character. This is not necessarily the kind of Merlot that “drinks like a Cab” like we’ve all gotten used to. It’s decidedly smooth and medium bodied with very fine tannins. On the palate, there’s a ton of stewed plums, bright strawberries, blackberries, and smooth caramel. More toasted oak, cocoa powder, and vanilla finishes things off. Exquisitely crafted, silky, and rather interesting. I’m loving Merlot again. — a day ago
😍 when you hear the phrase ‘Half Price Bottle Night’! In my giddiness I goofed up the drinking order and with 6 of us drinking we didn’t give this the time or food companionship it deserved. A juicy wine that really craved a piece of the filet I would have about an hour later. Dark berries and plum on the palate with a very refreshing acidity. Tasty! — 18 days ago