It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light green vegetables, black pepper, graphite and beef jerky.
Full-bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates and light vegetables.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Tangy and soft with nice complexity.
This 4 year old is drinking nicely now, and will be better in the next 3 to 5 years.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
Thank you Sonny for sharing this with me.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 14 days ago
This wine honors long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. Sourced from a single ridgetop vineyard adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District, gravelly clay loam, sourced from a rugged and remote part of the estate, the grapes for Relentless are a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah, which is a more bucolic grape than Syrah, providing for a blend that becomes an extraordinarily lush and rich wine. Aged for 30 months on 100% new French oak, deep Ruby with aromas of concentrated dark berry fruit and a hint of smoky pepper spice. Layered meaty flavors of blackberry, cherry and blueberry explode on your palate and subtle tannins relax to a nice long finish, great mouthfeel. This is certainly one of the best Syrah’s I have tasted. Will age well! — 9 days ago
This is a dark wine, one with some heft to it, and a brawny feel. The nose is full of blackberry and plum aromas, laced with vanilla and mocha. The palate is a burly delight - fruity with a savory edge, firm tannins a healthy acidity. If you want steak, get this one. It’s ready.
— 2 days ago
A blend of 85% Cab Sauv, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot & 3% Cab Franc. Deep Ruby with aromas of fresh dark fruits and some minty notes. The palate shows plums, blackberries and black cherries with sweet spice and notes of cacao. This is a consistent wine and a good value, this is my house Cab. The finish has good length, firm tannins, on the smoother side, and is well balanced. Will not disappoint, some bottle age benefit. — 10 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday, and it's is also #internationalMerlotday. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, cedar, vanilla, Mediterranean spices, licorice, peppercorn, milk chocolates, tobacco and coffee.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and light earth.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good sipping wine to have all by itself.
Nicely balanced and spicy. Great nose with nice complexity. Loved smelling on it for a long time.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the complexity.
Delicious and yummy.
A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
14.4% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 6 days ago
Yesterday’s Wednesday Wine Committee lunch. Normal format of 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.
Here was the ringer out of the 4 reds and it was quite easy to recognize. Total wash of sweet and ripe fruits...baked mixed berry pie, sandalwood, milk chocolate and toasted vanilla on the nose. The palate was oozing with blackberries, peppercorn and rhubarb tart. I called this Cali Petite Sirah. Nothing about this was cab franc like to me (and I love cab franc). Almost zin like. — 6 days ago
I know what a number of people would say, Malbec! Meh! Well this bottling would spin your head around where Malbec is concerned.
Charles Hendricks makes this for Hope & Grace and is still the finest example of Malbec I’ve had. It’s his craft, the vintage & bottle age that does it.
What a nose! The nose reveals; ripe, sweet, dark, tarry currants, robust black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, purple fruit mix heaven, black pepper, dark spice, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, steeped fruit teas, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, dark fruit liqueurs, nice herbaceousiness, black olive, wood shavings, fresh tobacco, hints of eucalyptus, vanillin, malt in malt-balls, leather, dry crushed rocks and the most vibrant, beautiful, fresh, slight candied, blue, purple, violets & lavender florals.
The body is; rich, lush, ruby and is absolutely astounding. This wine is peaking. It is velvety, candied with rounded tannin teeth. It does not get much better than this in; structure, tension, length and balance. Sweet, dark, tarry currants, robust black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, purple fruit mix heaven, black pepper, dark spice, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, steeped fruit teas, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, dark fruit liqueurs, nice herbaceousiness, black olive, dry brush, moist clay, wood shavings, fresh tobacco, hints of eucalyptus, vanillin, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, malt in malt-balls, leather, dry crushed rocks and the most vibrant, beautiful, fresh, slight candied, crazy, blue, purple (violets & lavender florals. The acidity is cool stream, palate perfect and holds the ABV. The finish is; ruby, lush, elegance defined, well knitted balance & harmony that persists to heaven.
Photos of; our backyard, birthday bouquet, autumn pumpkin and my birthday princess. — 12 days ago
WNH rides again - this wine keeps getting better - incredible wine - the dark fruit and amazing color are prefect - but the taste is powerful but beyond approachable- extremely smooth / and the finish speaks in loud Dolby brilliant sounds - just so damn long
The herd had our party at Bookers Guesthouse / thank you Eric, Lauren and Glenn. — 3 days ago