Deeply Rooted

Mendocino County Merlot 2018

#mendocino Co. #merlot which gets appreciably more expressive a day after opening in the wine fridge: Bramble fruit, vanilla custard; palate shows slight peppery spice aroma and a fair bit of acidity with distant tannins on the finish. Oak application is reasonable. I’m getting less mistrustful of the sub $20 value Merlots from regions outside Napa - there’s definitely a movement towards quality across the board though this one has farther to go. #wsjwineclub — a month ago

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Schug Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho Salina Moon Mountain 2015

Beautiful Bordeaux #sonomavalley Moon Mountain AVA blend by Schug; 48% #merlot / 45% #cabernetfranc / 5% Cab/ 2% Petit Verdot - mesmerizing aroma featuring violets, bramble fruit, white pepper, earth - well-concentrated fruit on the palate that brings up coffee, chocolate and jammy notes but all framed nicely with robust acidity but soft tannins in the finish. This is what a Sonoma Valley Bordeaux blend should be. — 3 months ago


Despagne L'Onde Rythmique Lunaire 2015

#bordeaux - sourced Vin de Pays wine with 75% #cabernetfranc and 25% #merlot. Fresh medium-bodied blend with classic Cab Franc graphite notes, spice and lush acidity. Very approachable even without a famous pedigree. — 3 months ago

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Josh Cellars

Merlot 2018

I got this as a gift and was leery given some of the previous vintage reviews here. I’m happy to report this Josh Cellars is a pleasant everyday #merlot from #northcoast CA, concentrated plum aromas, firm acidity, moderate oak with some cocoa notes and slightly soft tannins. Winemaker Joseph Carr has upped his game for 2018 - quite good QPR for just over $10. — a month ago

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

When you have a friend committed to red wine on a hot Friday afternoon, this Stag’s Leap certainly is a good choice. Richer-style #napavalley #merlot, vanilla, bramble berry jam, mushrooms and sandalwood nose, good acidity to balance it out but perhaps drank too warm - it would have been sublime 15 minutes in the glass after pouring from the wine fridge. — 2 months ago

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Château Canon

Croix Canon Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2011


#saintemilion #bordeaux #merlot — 3 months ago

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Altrovino Toscana IGT Merlot Cabernet Franc 2015


Excellent. The #cabernetfranc is barely noticeable. For me it is much more of a #merlot driven wine. Quite expensive for what it is. Most #supertuscan seem overpriced to me. #organic #biodynamic #italy — 2 months ago

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Vini Fatti A Mano

Genio Credere Red Blend 2016

I’m guessing this is a #refosco maybe with some #merlot. does not have the bite of a #schioppettino but a fine table wine and I’d give it plenty of air and food. Red berries and barnyard and minerals complete the picture. — 2 months ago


Zingari Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2017

#zingari #toscana tasty and drinkable but needs a little time. #winespectator and #jamessuckling give this 93 points. Not too shabby, huh?! Perfect blend #merlot #sangiovese #syrah #petitverdot #redwine #toscana #italianwine #italianredwine #italianred — 3 months ago

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Private Collection Stellenbosch Merlot 2012


Very interesting #merlot from #stellenbosch #southafrica i didn’t particularly like it the first time I tasted it with Coravin, but today I opened it with a stew with red peppers and it was heaven. Highly recommendable with stews and game. — 4 months ago

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