#merlotthursday

The Red Hook Winery

Twenty One Twenty Four Reserve Red Blend 2010

Time for #MerlotThursday! and here is a nice surprise. A very good Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Brooklyn, NY.

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

Dry on the palate with red and black fruits, earth, chocolates, vanilla,, licorice, cedar, tobacco, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This 9 year old is very enjoyable, soft and smooth. Good by itself or with food.

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

Grapes are grown in long Island. Made by Robert Foley. Thank you D.J. for sharing.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$20.
— 6 days ago

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Coup de Foudre

37.2 Cuvée Napa Valley Merlot Blend 2015

It is time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, alcohol, peppercorn, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, chocolates and beef jerky.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Already drinking beautifully now, and will be better in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes), and shows some tannins and structure.

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

I just love these Napa Bordeaux blends. This is just delicious. Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points

$80.
— a month ago

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Translates to essentially "love at first sight" - owned by Amuse Bouche and made by Kent Jarman. Excellent pomerol-esc juice. Calistoga big.
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Great wine, did you get to try it Matt?
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Yeah, I have had a few bottles of the 37.2 - very powerful and intense style.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot 2013

It's #MerlotThursday, and here is a great one from Horse Haven Hills in Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Pronounced nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn, earth, licorice, vegetables, graphite and alcohol.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, leather, earth, coffee, wet rocks and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Washington State. Well balanced with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old, is drinking very nicely now now, with a tangy, earthy finish, and will be better in the next few years.

Good by itself or with food, like a big piece of steak.

I had it all by itself on a gorgeous Florida day.

A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 16 months in French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.
— 2 months ago

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The number one grower of grapes in the Pacific NW...any one else is country miles behind them at number two.
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Great producer@David T

Château Monbousquet

Saint-Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

For this week's #MerlotThursday here is a very enjoyable Right Bank Bordeaux.

Showing black fruits with earth, wet leaves, cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates and tobacco.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs. Already showing elegance.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

Well balanced with great complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still young and needs 5 years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely now. This is a good one for long term aging.

Robert Parker 93 points. Wine Spectator 94 points.

A very nice wine and totally my style. Enjoyable by itself or with food.

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. aged in 60% New French oak barrels for 20 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$80.
— 13 days ago

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This is a great producer. Good selection.
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@Ron R so yummy 😋

Jason Stephens Winery

Estate Merlot 2014

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot from California.

A pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish/ burgundy rim.

Great nose of cherries, blueberries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, earth and mocha.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead and red candy.

Nice length on the finish with tangy pomegranates and round tannins.

This is a nice surprise. This 5 year old Merlot from Santa Clara Valley in California is drinking very nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Needs an hour to open up properly and come to its own.

At some point the nose reminded me of a Napa Cabernet, as it changed in the glass every 10 minutes, which was a wonderful experience, as I got to taste different wines in the same glass 😉

Would age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. Aged for 36 months in oak barrels (25% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$24.
— a month ago

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Great review @"Odedi" cheers! 🍷
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Thank you very much @Shawn Thompson

Aligote Winery

Merlot Red Blend 2009

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Israel.

Ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Interesting nose of blueberries, black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, oak, dark chocolates, dark coffee, spices, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, light bell pepper, leather, vinaigrette, light mold and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked blueberries, oak, vanilla, cloves, black pepper, coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, wet rocks and vinaigrette.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 10 year old Israeli Merlot, is still drinking very nicely now, although it was better a few years ago.

Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but showing it's age. At a blind tasting I would call this a twenty-year-old right Bank Bordeaux.

Way better after 3 hours in a decanter, when it shows some tannins and complexity.

This is a wine to drink with friends and talk about. Very enjoyable with its elegance and complexity.

Grapes are hand-picked and aged for 14 months in Oak barrels. A very small production of less than a thousand bottles.

Thank you, David and Elvira for sharing this with me.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.
— 2 months ago

Daniel P., Mike and 21 others liked this

Sterling Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

It's time for #MerlotThursday isn't it? 😊

This Napa Merlot is always dependable. Still drinking nicely, especially with the charcuterie board I paired it with.

Showing black fruits with light cedar, chocolates and light earth notes.

Medium plus in body with mediqum acidity and nice legs. A very enjoyable mouthfeel with nice complexity and a tangy finish.

Benefits from 30 minutes of airtime, but good right out of the bottle, if you are in a hurry 😃

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$20.
— 20 days ago

Severn, Ted and 11 others liked this

Vista Point

Merlot

It's time for #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, chocolates, smoke, light vegetables and light black pepper.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, blueberries, black currants, vanilla, vegetables, light wood, chocolates and spices.

Short finish with soft tannins and cherries.

A simple Merlot from somewhere in the US. Fruit forward and drinkable by itself with a tangy ending.

Good right out of the bottle and nice for $5 happy hour wine. Nothing special, though.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.
— a month ago

Shawn, Philip and 7 others liked this

Aligote Winery

Merlot Red Blend 2012

It is time for #MerlotThursday!
Here is a great one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, leather, earth, wet leaves, black tea, vegetables, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and light vegetables.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 7 year old Israeli Merlot is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with earth notes and chocolates.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Shows nice complexity and tannins after 3 hours in the decanter.

Good by itself and better with food.
Reminds me of a 10 year old Right Bank Bordeaux.

I had the 2009 not too long ago and this was just as good. Very tasty and enjoyable. Peaking now and will be good in the next 5 years.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me. I paired it with cheeses, crackers, nuts and dried fruits.

100% Merlot grapes are hand-picked and aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Not kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.
— 2 months ago

Alex, Neal and 15 others liked this

Nickel & Nickel

Harris Vineyard Merlot 2014

Kirk F
9.0

Merlot Monday? Tasty glass of wine here. Oak nicely integrated and gobs of dark fruits in a really fresh expression of merlot. Silky smooth. — 2 months ago

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@"Odedi" i was going to ask permission to move the day just this once 😂