Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Merlot

9.0294 ratings
8.943 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
Michael Chelus

Cherry, raspberry preserves, blackberry, currant, licorice, vanilla and oak. Medium-bodied and soft tannins.

Cherry, raspberry preserves, blackberry, currant, licorice, vanilla and oak. Medium-bodied and soft tannins.

Jan 27th, 2020
"Odedi"

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable by itself or with food.

Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

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

Nice fruity finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature and remove some of bitterness at the ending.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points

This Napa Merlot is always enjoyable by itself or with food.

Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

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

Nice fruity finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature and remove some of bitterness at the ending.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points

Mar 19th, 2019
Meg Herring

My favorite of theirs. Feels quite bright for a Merlot which I enjoy!

My favorite of theirs. Feels quite bright for a Merlot which I enjoy!

Nov 20th, 2018
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, vanilla, cherry cola, cassis, eucalyptus, licorice and oak. Great structure and velvety tannins.

Blackberry, vanilla, cherry cola, cassis, eucalyptus, licorice and oak. Great structure and velvety tannins.

Dec 1st, 2017
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Dusty tannin. Huge structure. Very restrained style.

Dusty tannin. Huge structure. Very restrained style.

Nov 19th, 2017
Stephen Snowden

Blah

2 people found it helpfulJun 24th, 2014
"Odedi"

Here is a great Napa Valley Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Very fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, cherry pie, licorice, cedar, vanilla bean, spices, chocolates, medium roast coffee, graphite, beef jerky, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied, rich and jammy, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, oak, licorice, vanilla, spices, earth, vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, mocha, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A Cabernet lover Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but much better after an hour in a decanter.

This 6 years old is drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 10 years. As it opens up, it becomes earthier with vegetable notes and bigger tannins.

90 points wine Enthusiasts.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of Meats and cheeses, olives and crackers. Delightful and delicious.

A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Here is a great Napa Valley Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Very fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, cherry pie, licorice, cedar, vanilla bean, spices, chocolates, medium roast coffee, graphite, beef jerky, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied, rich and jammy, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, oak, licorice, vanilla, spices, earth, vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, mocha, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A Cabernet lover Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but much better after an hour in a decanter.

This 6 years old is drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 10 years. As it opens up, it becomes earthier with vegetable notes and bigger tannins.

90 points wine Enthusiasts.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of Meats and cheeses, olives and crackers. Delightful and delicious.

A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

1 person found it helpfulJul 26th, 2018
D Stone

Great with ribeye's however...was expecting more.

Great with ribeye's however...was expecting more.

1 person found it helpfulSep 16th, 2016
JD
8.8

Would have liked more from this

Would have liked more from this

1 person found it helpfulMay 21st, 2016
Devin Bray

Alright, I suppose. It's a Napa Merlot, that's for sure. Fruit-forward with orange, vanilla and marzipan, big tannins, and a biting, bitter finish. Not my thing, perhaps.

Alright, I suppose. It's a Napa Merlot, that's for sure. Fruit-forward with orange, vanilla and marzipan, big tannins, and a biting, bitter finish. Not my thing, perhaps.

1 person found it helpfulMay 27th, 2015