Monte Antico

Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2014

Lighter-bodied, especially considering it’s a #sangiovese #merlot #cabernetsauvignon blend. Somewhat reserved cassis aroma; classic Tuscan flavors: earthy wild cherry, slight pepper yet more fruit-forward with chewy tannins. I’d like more depth and bracing acidity but hard to argue with the $9 price at Costco. ***2 days later and the wine has awakened, more plush Sangiovese cherry-spice aroma and the tart cherry acidity has come forward. Excellent #toscanaigt - very strong QPR.*** — 12 days ago

Cirulli family

Romaeus Rosso Lazio Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

This wine needs a LONG time to open up. The #cabernet #merlot blend greets you with egregious fruit and vanilla without any tannins for structure nor acidity for balance. After a full day in the wine fridge, it came alive with acidity, that vanilla receding to the background and some decent layers of flavor. I suspect the other bad reviews just gave up on the wine after uncorking. — 6 months ago

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Swanson Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2016

Pretty solid restaurant list #merlot blend. I wasn’t thrilled with the big vanilla load up front but it has some nice acidity and depth with soft tannins on the finish. The winemaker blended in some Cab Franc and Cabernet which yielded a touch of spice and interest - paired well with a NY strip steak and peppercorn sauce. — 8 months ago

Château Patarabet

Domaine du Haut Patarabet 2015

Long overdue annual post for Gustav Meier. He would just turned 90. A very worthwhile #merlot in Gusti’s honor! Elegant and charming. Like him! — 17 days ago

Charles Smith

The Velvet Devil Washington State Merlot 2016

Solid widely-available Charles Smith #merlot. Some dried plum, cigar box on the nose, fruit forward yet well balanced with acidity and some surprising pepper/spice notes. It paired very well with mixed beef tenderloin and chicken kebabs. Nice by-the-glass offering at a restaurant. — 3 months ago

Famille Fezas Domaine Chiroulet

Grande Réserve Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Tannat-Merlot Blend 2011

Vintage 2011 / a blend of grapes that is not very common: #merlot and #tannat. after some aeration: a shy smell with spicyness, tastes velvety but also not very easy, stubborn. A hard to get wine. Paired it with fried duck brest. #côtesdegascogne — 8 months ago

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Fetzer Vineyards

Eagle Peak California Merlot 2016

This high-volume value #merlot pulls above its weight. Good dose of soft tannin fruit set in a healthy background of oak, but not egregious. It might not have been the best wine to mix into Sangria (I poured a side glass before mixing the fruit in) but hey, haven’t we all been in a rush while entertaining guests to quickly find a value bottle in your fridge or cellar? — 2 months ago

Mantra Wines

Palm Reader Proprietary Blend 2016

.@mantrawine Deep, rich, dark fruit, boysenberry, plum, tobacco, spice. Delicious! Available now at the #Danville @costco for under $20!!! A blend of #Zinfandel, #CabSauv, #Syrah, and #Merlot — 6 months ago

Gundlach Bundschu

Mountain Cuvée Sonoma County Red Blend 2016


A solid 9. Lovely #cabernertsauvignon notes and then smooth #merlot flavors on the palate. #sonoma — 8 months ago

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Tua Rita

Rosso dei Notri SuperTuscan Blend 2016

Greg Ballington

Reminiscing about this amazing value Super Tuscan we had at Officina last week during restaurant week in DC.
2016 Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri
Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Restaurant week at Officina and a perfect wine for our three course meal. Thank you Natalie for the recommendation. Deep ruby red in appearance. Took some time to open up on the nose but showed layers of mocha, floral, touch of minerals, blue and black fruits and spices. Medium tannins (5.5/10) with balanced acidity and a medium plus body. Plush Merlot definitely comes through in the mid palate with black currants, black cherries, chocolate, espresso and a touch of earthiness. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.
Crazy good wine for only $60.00 on a wine list. Made up of 50% Sangiovese with the remainder made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, making this a true Super Tuscan Blend. All the Sangiovese is aged in stainless steel while the rest are aged in barriques. This wine is from an area in the southern part of Tuscany called Maremma, more specifically Upper Maremma in the Colline Metallifare zone. Need to find some more of this IGT. Label is designed by Raffaele De Rosa.
91 MD Points
$ - Purchased off the wine list at Officina in DC for $60.00. Retail price is $17.99 at MacArthur’s Beverages.
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— 8 months ago

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James Cahill

James Cahill

I’m a big officina fan!
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@James Cahill love than place, food is phenomenal. We need to grab drinks sometime soon!
James Cahill

James Cahill

Absolutely, let’s do that.