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. — 21 days ago
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! — 2 months ago
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.
$40. — 2 months ago
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. — 5 months ago
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. — a month ago
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.*** — 2 months ago
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? — 4 months ago
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. — 8 months ago