Napa Valley Merlot

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2011

The best merlot coming out of Napa? Hard to say, but definitely in the top three for me (Paloma, Hourglass and this). So much fruit wrapped in a silky package (@Bill Bender don’t go there). Hedonistic, but still so balanced. And an ‘11 to boot. This followed two exceptional wines and held its own. — 5 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Picked up 3liter 2014 duckhorn three palms at total wine. # 1 Spectator.
Flipping time, already worth double
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

@Carl Fischer Try the other merlot which Bob makes under the Robert Foley label. Really good
Ron R

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I think Shafer and Pride shud also be on your list, Carl... But that's just me :0)

Emmolo Winery

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

Ron R
9.2

This is our new house wine. It’s priced well below the DL sticker price, too... — 11 days ago

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Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer

This is a Wagner wine, right @Ron R ?
Ron R

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Yes @Carl Fischer. In my mind, it’s very well done, too. I know a man with a great price, too.
Ron R

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Thanks O.

Beringer Vineyards

Estate Bottled Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 1995

Still a beautiful, clear dark ruby red. Some plum and dark fruits. Tannins were a bit drying, but overall a great wine which is holding up well. — 13 days ago

Eric, Brian and 17 others liked this
Bill Bender

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A little 22nd anniversary of your 50th bday celebration?
David L

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Brings back great memories

Cuvaison

Napa Valley Merlot 1989

Cathy Corison
9.2

Tabacco, plummy fruit, nice kiss of Brett. , sandlewood, leather. Wonderful natural acid support. Lovely. Nearly 3 decades old! — 2 days ago

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Shafer

Napa Valley Merlot 2013

John Shafer and his family founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. A blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon & 8% Malbec. Aromas of fresh berry fruit, some spice and jammy notes. On the palate full blackberry and blue fruit flavors, notes of cacao and coffee with savory spice on firm tannins, a powerhouse! Lingering finish ending with pepper spice, Wow! A must try!! Still has room to age. — 6 days ago

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Monticello Vineyards (Corley Family)

Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Merlot 2011

Paired great with ribeye, first glass good, second decanted for 45 minutes was amazing. Definitely took away the bite. Earthy, plum notes went perfect with fatty dry aged steak. — 15 hours ago

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Stag slv block 1 - 2012- this is less tannic than the above slv but it doesn't have the big bold body that I like. More fruit 8.9. Second taste 9.0 this is my favorite at the end — 2 days ago

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Bremer Family

Napa Valley Merlot 2006

An interesting contrast to the st emillion of the same vintage we had the night before. Much more fruit forward, with sweet dark cherry and wild dark berry fruit, almost honeyed, framing the wine. There is some cedar, a hint of flowers, a little earth, dusting of cocoa powder, but the fruit is youthful and dominates. Plush, solid acidity, Good structure still, but not to keep it from declining from here. Not super complex, but very focused, polished and well done — 4 days ago

Kelham Vineyards

Merlot

Rob Mondavi
9.4

Another lovely wine from a great winery. Tasty balanced nailed it. — 8 hours ago

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Bootleg

Napa Valley Red Blend 2013

Bootleg is the newest Napa label under the Jackson Family umbrella, which also includes Cardinale, Freemark Abbey, Galerie, La Jota, Lokoya, and Mt. Brave. The label pays homage to “the winegrowing rogues, who smuggled vine cuttings from renowned French vineyards and replanted them in California.” Kristy Melton, formerly director of winemaking at Clos du Val, crafts the wines and this blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. The fruit is sourced from vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Parker called it “off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal” and I can’t disagree. Blackberry, kirsch and cassis combine to yield an ultra rich fruit bomb, but it doesn’t stop there, adding Rutherford dust, cocoa powder, licorice, purple flowers, cedar, and crushed rock. I’ve heard several comparisons of this to the wines of Orin Swift, and while both are fruit bomb, high octane wines, I’m more inclined to compare this to something like Andy Erickson’s Leviathan. — 5 days ago

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Phil A

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@Isaac Pirolo Isaac great review Cheers 🍷
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Thanks @Phil A Cheers to you!