It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light alcohol, vanilla, spices and black pepper.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, coffee, dark chocolates, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Long finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty Napa Merlot. Still young but already enjoyable even by itself. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and gets better with airtime. I gave it 90 minutes in the decanter.
Still young and would be better in a few years.
I had the 2012 a few years ago, but did not enjoy it as much. Glad to see that this vintage is delicious.
A blend of Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Aged for 17 months in French and American oak barrels.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 2 years ago
Intense sundrenched dark berried fruit with a lovely fresh energy, blackberries, blueberries, cassis. dark cherries and peppermint. Very integrated oak profile with a gentle touch of vanilla and sweet tobacco followed by a underlying stony minerality.
Dry palate with a medium + acidity, high tannins with a fine grained qualititave texture, well integrated alcohol in a full body that is balanced by a fresh acidity. Nuanced palate with a good complexity and characters of ripe dark berried fruit, vanilla and sweet licorice that evolves through a solid lenght that falls a bit short from the major league.
— 2 years ago
Smells of melon with mango and cream (maybe an orange creamsicle). I could smell this all day. Some faint hints of lemon follows at the end. Hit with a sweet fruit taste initially quickly followed by a lemon sourness that lingers along with a cloying cream-like taste. Really nice acid. Had with salmon which went perfectly. — 2 years ago
This is sorcery. So resolved so harmonious. I would have called Bordeaux blind. — 2 years ago