Havens Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot

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

Bandaids!

Bandaids!

1 person found it helpfulJan 19th, 2013
Michael Havens

Still a very nice drink, now with some lovely earth and cedar. Subtle by contemporary standards . . . thankfully

Still a very nice drink, now with some lovely earth and cedar. Subtle by contemporary standards . . . thankfully

Jan 20th, 2016
Seth Bechis

Smooth but a little aged

Smooth but a little aged

Nov 12th, 2020
Kate Amari

Thinner body but nice flavor. Plum and blackberry. Light earthiness. Tighter finish.

Thinner body but nice flavor. Plum and blackberry. Light earthiness. Tighter finish.

Mar 12th, 2019
Bassel Sommelier

Bit tight and the tannins protruding

Bit tight and the tannins protruding

Oct 13th, 2017
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8.8

Not as good as a previous bottle. This one lacked a bit of body and verve, although the bouquet and taste were nice.

Not as good as a previous bottle. This one lacked a bit of body and verve, although the bouquet and taste were nice.

Sep 6th, 2017
Sean Grullon

Good structure and finish, but not particularly expressive beyond subtle notes of plum, mocha, and earthiness.

Good structure and finish, but not particularly expressive beyond subtle notes of plum, mocha, and earthiness.

Jul 4th, 2017
George Kaulbach

Delicious and smooth but with depth. A nice Merlot that pairs well with strip steak. Discounted and another 15% volume at NH State made it $17. As good as it gets at that price and worthy of Saturday dinner.

Delicious and smooth but with depth. A nice Merlot that pairs well with strip steak. Discounted and another 15% volume at NH State made it $17. As good as it gets at that price and worthy of Saturday dinner.

Oct 1st, 2016
Juston Glass

This is our anniversary year and we tried to make it work, we really did. We paid a corkage fee for it at the restaurant, let it breathe, hoped and hoped and although psychologically we thought it was getting better it really just got worse. Band aids comment below was spot on. Maybe some flexible pvc piping, fermented blueberries, soggy diaper, who knows, it was really bad. Nose and taste. I think it just went bad. The cork was soaked through a bit and a bit grimey and deteriorated so we figured something was up. :(

This is our anniversary year and we tried to make it work, we really did. We paid a corkage fee for it at the restaurant, let it breathe, hoped and hoped and although psychologically we thought it was getting better it really just got worse. Band aids comment below was spot on. Maybe some flexible pvc piping, fermented blueberries, soggy diaper, who knows, it was really bad. Nose and taste. I think it just went bad. The cork was soaked through a bit and a bit grimey and deteriorated so we figured something was up. :(

Jan 19th, 2016
Dave Miers

2005

2005

Apr 12th, 2015