It's time for some #MerlotThursday.
Here is a delicious Merlot - Cabernet blend from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, light earth, tobacco, pencil lead and leather.
Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium minus acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, light cedar, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins, tangy raspberries and spices.
This is a gorgeous Napa Valley red blend from a great vintage. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich, extracted, bold and beautiful. Big mouthfeel with a spicy finish.
Although very tasty now, this 7 year old still has a long long time in it. Very powerful.
A great wine to have all by itself. I loved smelling on it for a long while.
Robert Parker 93 points.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes). I love these Napa Bordeaux blends.
Thank you Barry for sharing.
A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 2 years.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$150. — 2 days ago
This was fun to watch evolve. After about an hour, it really started blossoming. Surprisingly sweet and cold fruit on the nose...red, blue and black fruit spectrum. Touch of olive tapenade at first, spiced peppers showing cab franc but the Cabernet Sauvignon powers through before turning too herbal. Very plush on the palate...almost an American oak like palate with some coconut. Cherry liqueur, mixed berry pie and nutmeg. Light and nimble toward the finish. Complex. Really good right now. Thanks @Keith Fisher — 10 days ago
2012 vintage. Super classy old school Napa. 53 Zinfandel 34 Cab Sauv 10 Petit Verdot 3 Merlot. Dark and dusty in both texture and flavor. Blackberry, currant, baked raspberry, sage, graphite, dried leaves, cedar, dried violets. Good complexity and still seems rather youthful, considering its age. — 3 days ago
Wonderful, but needs 3 hours.
Nose is pencil and dusty raspberry. Mouthfeel is great. BlackBerry, currant, and black raspberry. There is a consistency of dusty tannin throughout. Before 2 hours it was out of balance with acidity sticking out. I think this will be out of this world after xx years.
Spring Mountain tonight @Bryan Kesting — 7 hours ago