#merlotthursday

Château Royaumont

Lalande de Pomerol Merlot Blend 2017

Review #3300!

It's time for some Merlot on this
#MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Pomerol.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish/ cloudy rim.

Great nose of black currants, black plums, black cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, chocolates, cocoa, earth, bell pepper, leather, vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, cherries, plums, light bell pepper, spices, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, cinnamon, light vinaigrette and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Here is the story of this one. I opened it yesterday and decanted it for 2 hours, but it didn't feel like it was there, so I put it back in the bottle and put it in the fridge.

Today this is a different story. This wine is singing already. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and Interesting with a great nose.

Good by itself or with food. very enjoyable by itself or with food.

This 3 year old is still very young, but very approachable with enough air time. Showing lots of fruits now. Really enjoyable and delicious. Graceful and generous.

This young Bordeaux needs time to mature and will be great in the next 10 to 20 years.

I paired it with cheeses, fresh blackberries and olives.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Kosher for Passover. Not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.
— 10 hours ago

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Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Merlot 2016

It's time for some Merlot on this#MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, spices, coke and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth and peppercorn.

Nice length with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Merlot from Washington State. Rich and well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel, spicy and tasty.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$14.
— a month ago

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Château Croix de la Nauve

Saint Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Château Croix de la Nauve Saint Emilion 1982, Bordeaux, France

Time for
#MerlotThursday. Here is a gorgeous one from Bordeaux.

Dark brown in color with a wide copper rim.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark coffee, green tea, light barnyard, black pepper and tobacco.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, earth, wet leaves, leather, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium finish with no tannins and cherries.

This Saint Emilion from a the great 1982 vintage is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Smooth, soft and elegant.

Not very earthy, which surprised me, and easy drinking. Simpler on the nose than on the palate, and still holds lots of fruits.

Good right out of the bottle and didn't need much to open up.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

91 points.
— 2 months ago

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Flam Winery

Classico Merlot Blend 2018

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, espresso, pencil lead, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. I've had this wine for the last 4 vintages, and this is the best one yet. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of new and old world wine.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up ( 30 minutes). After an hour of airtime, tannins show up.

Drinking very nicely already, even by itself.

A blend of 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

Grapes are grown in the Judean Hills at 2,000 feet elevation, and aged for 10 months in oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.
— 7 days ago

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I don’t come across much wine from Israel (very curious about Covenant Israeli wines) however, have always thought Rhone varietals would be better suited for Israel. What are your thoughts?

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday . Here's a nice one from Saint Emilion.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick/ reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, spices, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark earth and coffee. Not very powerful though.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, diet cola, coffee, earth, vegetables and wet leaves.

Medium minus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 8 year old is drinking nicely now, although not from a great vintage. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Showing some over ripen fruits, which might be a storage issue. A good food wine, though.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I had it blind, and called Right Bank Bordeaux 2011.

A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$100.
— a month ago

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Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2017

Here is a beautiful Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and alcohol.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable, although very young. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

Tangy, spicy and tasty. Nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A nice sipping wine.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beef burger and fries.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.
— 2 months ago

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Duckhorn Merlot is a benchmark wine.

Shiloh

Mosaic Merlot Blend 2016

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a very tasty one.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ red rim.

On the nose plums, black cherries, light wood, licorice, eucalyptus, earth, light smoke, light vegetables wet leaves, black pepper, black tea, cola and light vinaigrette. The nose shows much like a Right Bank Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, raspberries, vanilla, licorice, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, earth and tea leaves.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Well balanced with nice acidity, a tangy finish and a nice and elegant mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show more complexity.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good by itself and better with food. Delicious.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 42% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit verdot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.
— 14 days ago

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Château Fayat

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Pomerol.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity on the nose with blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, black plums, vanilla, licorice, leather, earth, light vegetables, dark coffee, oak, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, earth, wood, spices, vegetables, vanilla, vinaigrette, black pepper, tobacco leaf, black tea, leather and wet leaves.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This five-year-old Merlot from Bordeaux is starting to drink very nicely now. Starting to show some age and nice complexity. Elegant with a great nose, from a great vintage.

Nicely balanced now and good to drink by itself or with food. Will get even better in the next 15 years.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so do give it time.

A good quality wine. Tangy, easy drinking and very tasty. Kosher.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$100.
— 21 days ago

P, Rob and 24 others liked this

Sinclair Estate Vineyards

Pentatonic Columbia Valley Red Blend 2013

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's one from Washington State.

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, wood, vanilla, cola, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and metals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, bitter herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Easy drinking and tangy.

This 7 year old is Nicely balanced with mild complexity and is peaking now. Elegant, gracious and soft.

Good by itself or with food and good right out of the bottle.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

A blend of 53% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. A very small production of only 19 barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.
— a month ago

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Tenuta San Guido

Guidalberto Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

Very enjoyable glass of Italian red. Chocolate and redfruit nose.
The Bordeaux blend blends with a little acid kick perfectly with the traditional Spaghetti n Meatballs....
— 2 months ago

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