Napa Valley Merlot

Seavey Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

David T
9.2

The nose reveals dark currants and a slight smokiness. Ripe; lush blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & blue fruits. Black licorice, dark rich earth, limestone, volcanic minerals, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, blue, purple & dark red fresh & withering florals.

The body is full. Tannins big, dry & dusty. Ripe, lush blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, dark rich earth, limestone, volcanic minerals, loaded with dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate powder, touch of balsamic, violets, blue, purple & dark red fresh & withering florals. This is a big Merlot that needs a long cellaring time. The structure, tension are huge. The length and balance are very good and should be special with 10-15 years of cellaring. It’s a big finish that doesn’t end. 92 with potential for more with proper cellaring.

Photos of, The Seavey Barn that is their winemaking facilities and tasting room, grapes being sorted and conveyor belted up to be destemmed, view of their animal farm area from the property and Estate vines with surrounding hillside.
— 5 days ago

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Coho

Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2013

Babbalooey is just pissed that he ain't getting any of this shizz. He's a big Merlot fan. Coho does Merlot nicely. Dark fruits, some acid, holds the mouth. — 9 days ago

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Larkmead Vineyards

Firebelle Napa Valley Merlot Blend 2010

Dates back to the late 1800s, & have been owned by Solari family since 1948. The historic Estate has 145 acres. Deep Ruby with complex aromas of fruit, sweet cacao & spice for this Bordeaux blend of 42% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauv, 13% Malbec. 5% Petit Verdot & 5% Cab Franc. On the palate well structured with big fruit flavors of blackberry, raspberry & sweet cherry with espresso & cacao notes adding a bit of leather. Fine tannins, big finish, pops out of the glass ending with beautiful fruit & a bit of sweet oak. — a day ago

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Franciscan Estate

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

It is time for #MerlotThursday.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, cooked blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, light cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.

Medium finish with round tannins and bitter herbs.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins.

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

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$21.
— 4 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Estate Grown Napa Valley Merlot 2010

Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Mike Grgich, one of the founders of Grgich Hills, was the one who put California chardonnays on the world wine map winning the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 with his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. Probably more well-known for its chardonnay, Grgich Hills also makes great age-worthy cabs. This 2010 cab is fully integrated. Beautiful. Rich, dark berry fruits with cedar, mocha, leather notes.

ガーギッチと言えば、カリフォルニアワインの名声を世界に知らしめる契機となった1976年のパリ・テイスティングで白ワインのトップとなった1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnayをつくったことで知られるマイク・ガーギッチが設立したワイナリー。白ワインの印象が強いですが、熟成に値する素晴らしい赤もつくっている。2010年のカベルネは、凝縮したリッチなダークベリー系のフルーツにシダー、モカ、レザーなどが見事に調和した素晴らしいワインでした。

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Elyse

Hossfeld Vineyard Merlot 2012

A bit thin, smells of licorice and tastes like burnt baking spices and baked fruit. Full bodied but not the most complex wine out there. Baked fruit, light baking spice, no tannins. — a day ago

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Titus

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

This is some absolutely beautiful Merlot right here. Bold and dark, cedar and pepper notes throughout. It's a blend of 76% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon - aged 20 months in Hungarian Oak, and only 18 barrels produced. This is the last vintage of the merlot being sourced from the estate, due to the vineyards being ripped up to build the parking lot for the winery.

It's certainly a big wine that could use some age, but it'll turn out to be similar to some mature Pomerol or Fronsac.
— 3 days ago

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Paloma

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

This wine has seemed to do a little bit of growing in the last 6 months. Was a bit muted on the last bottle, but this bottle was definitely not like that. Nose of dark fruit, fig, reductive black cherry. Entry was black cherry cordial, turning darker in the middle. The finish is acidic and grippy, good fruit notes. Some tannin still definitely here. I'm amazed at these wines and based on my limited experience I have a huge feeling that these can go 20 years. I know I won't have the willpower to keep any of them that long...but why wait if they're drinking that well?!? — 17 days ago

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Hourglass

Blueline Estate Merlot 2015

Smooth, bold, dryish. Explosion of dark fruits on palate. Excellent! — 7 days ago

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Hestan Vineyards

Stephanie Napa Valley Merlot 2011

What a great Merlot at a great price — 7 days ago

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