Farella Vineyards

Coombsville Merlot

9.237 ratings
9.311 pro ratings
Coombsville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Tobin Trevarthen

Felt like a blast from the past. Definite right bank notes on the nose and mouth feel. Love the plush smoothness of the fruit. Would recommend.

Felt like a blast from the past. Definite right bank notes on the nose and mouth feel. Love the plush smoothness of the fruit. Would recommend.

Nov 2nd, 2019
Matt Lasater

Old-school, savory, layered Merlot that brings freshness and plush texture to the table. Ripe red plums, red currants, warm spice, sage, coffee, umami.

Old-school, savory, layered Merlot that brings freshness and plush texture to the table. Ripe red plums, red currants, warm spice, sage, coffee, umami.

Jan 31st, 2018
Willie Carter

Consistently my favorite domestic Merlot because it’s consistently a stellar wine. Beautiful medium purple with lighter lavender undertones. I love smelling this wine, it may be the best part of the show. Highly expressive nose that starts off with smoke, dried herbs, and blackberry cobbler. There are some really nice floral notes here too. Wonderful Coombsville fruit shining here, she’s not heavy handed or bloated. None of that “a Merlot that drinks like a Cab” happening, there’s a softness and a deftness despite the 14.5. So many other wines just can’t maintain this kind of balance: rich and deep without being heavy. Tons of black and red cherries on the palate, along with vanilla and just the right amount of oak. Year in and year out this is one of Napa’s great Merlots.

Consistently my favorite domestic Merlot because it’s consistently a stellar wine. Beautiful medium purple with lighter lavender undertones. I love smelling this wine, it may be the best part of the show. Highly expressive nose that starts off with smoke, dried herbs, and blackberry cobbler. There are some really nice floral notes here too. Wonderful Coombsville fruit shining here, she’s not heavy handed or bloated. None of that “a Merlot that drinks like a Cab” happening, there’s a softness and a deftness despite the 14.5. So many other wines just can’t maintain this kind of balance: rich and deep without being heavy. Tons of black and red cherries on the palate, along with vanilla and just the right amount of oak. Year in and year out this is one of Napa’s great Merlots.

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2020
Daniel Bailey

Sommelier Mastros Steakhouse

9.5

Everyone needs to drink more Merlot. This bottle from Farella is tremendous. A classic example of a new world Merlot. Well structured with subtle fruit, & a mocha, cocoa powder finish. Everything I want.

Everyone needs to drink more Merlot. This bottle from Farella is tremendous. A classic example of a new world Merlot. Well structured with subtle fruit, & a mocha, cocoa powder finish. Everything I want.

May 4th, 2016
Drew DiMatteo

Sometimes a bottle of wine is beautiful inside and out, an elegant and intriguing #Merlot from @farellavineyard . Thank you @hawk_wakawaka for your review, a different vintage but now I can't wait to try a 2012. #NapaValley #Coombsville

Sometimes a bottle of wine is beautiful inside and out, an elegant and intriguing #Merlot from @farellavineyard . Thank you @hawk_wakawaka for your review, a different vintage but now I can't wait to try a 2012. #NapaValley #Coombsville

Nov 20th, 2015
Ben Brenner

Classic napa merlot! Unreal value

Classic napa merlot! Unreal value

Nov 4th, 2015
Punky Mahle

Excellent 2010 vintage

Excellent 2010 vintage

Feb 23rd, 2015
Andrew Rasse

Killer with smoked short ribs

Killer with smoked short ribs

Jul 19th, 2020
Daniel Sullivan

Brilliant dark fruit and spiced oak nose.
Needs more time.
Solid acid backbone.
Aggressively astringent and some bitter tannins.

Brilliant dark fruit and spiced oak nose.
Needs more time.
Solid acid backbone.
Aggressively astringent and some bitter tannins.

Feb 25th, 2019
Eric S
9.3

Killer old school Merlot. More savory than fruity. Great Girl Scout thin mint cookie vibe with ink and black cherries.

Killer old school Merlot. More savory than fruity. Great Girl Scout thin mint cookie vibe with ink and black cherries.

Jul 8th, 2018