Coombsville Merlot 2016

Deep ruby, almost purple, hue. Ripe purple fruit, such as blackberries, black currant, fig jam, and plum sauce, and tobacco, cocoa, bell pepper, sage, smoked meat, cedar, and delicate baking spices. Velveteen on the palate with soft tannins and a long finish. Vintage 2016. 14.5% ABV. #merryvale #merryvalevineyards #coombsvillenapa #merlot #merlotday #merlot #napavalley #napavalleywine #napawine — 8 days ago

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Rutherford Hill

Barrel Select Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

#napa #merlot might be the best chance of good value these days out of the region. I liked the strong fruit balanced by forest floor and peppery layers. — 3 months ago

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Tenuta di Renieri

Grido Toscana Merlot 2012

It's time for some #Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice surprise from Italy.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, raspberries, red currants, oak, light vegetables, vanilla, spices, earth, beef jerky, dark coffee and light barnyard.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and thin legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, tobacco, vegetables, earth, light vanilla, wet leaves, green vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

This is a very nice Super Tuscan Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Drinking very nicely now as a 7 year old.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show some tannins and complexity. After 6 hours, big tannins come in. This has many years in it still.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Goes really well with the Brie cheese.

100% Merlot Grapes were aged in oak barrels for 24 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 4 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? — 6 months ago

Revelry Vintners

Columbia Valley Merlot 2016

Pleasantly surprised by this #columbiavalley #merlot - pretty big dark fruit on the nose; chocolate coffee and some peppery spice with the palate. — 21 days ago

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Saint Èmilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

It is time for some #merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a very enjoyable one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, black licorice, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, figs, licorice, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, Indian spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Right Bank Bordeaux that is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Nose like a Napa Merlot.

Interesting enough, this is good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up. Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

I had it around 6 months ago, and it is showing nicer now. I also let it open up longer this time.

Would be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Thank you David for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.
— 3 months ago

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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! — 5 months ago

Elizabeth Rose

Chockablock Napa Valley Red Merlot Blend 2016

It’s time for some #merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice Merlot blend from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black plums, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, spices, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coke and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, blueberries, cooked cherries, spices, oak, vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, earth, dark chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty red blend from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. A very nice party wine. Screw top too, so it's very convenient.

Should age nicely in the next 5 years.

A blend of 37% Merlot, 37% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in natural oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 23 days ago

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Charles Smith

The Velvet Devil Washington State Merlot 2016

On a fairly limited (No Old World selections) local restaurant wine menu, this is my go-to choice. Fruit-forward #merlot but not too jammy, decent acidity and namesake velvety tannins. Don’t expect many layers or complexity. — 3 months ago

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.*** — 4 months ago