Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Napa Valley Merlot

9.381 ratings
9.37 pro ratings
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
Shay A
9.3

Been too long since enjoying one of my favorite Napa Valley merlots. Jarvis has one of the most impressive winery tours I’ve ever been a part of (so much so that we’ve been 3 times) and the wines are all so incredibly unique and expressive.

I’ve tasted ‘10, ‘11, ‘12 and ‘13 vintage Merlots and am always surprised at how well the ‘11 shows. The nose highlights the vintage with some green notes, but there is a dirty and spicy kick to it that livens it up. Potpourri and dusty blackberry round it out. Absolutely impeccable texture and balance from start to finish...drinking perfectly at 7-years old. Black cherry, dark chocolate, cassis, violet, muddled rhubarb. Another ‘11 wine that struts its stuff well.

Been too long since enjoying one of my favorite Napa Valley merlots. Jarvis has one of the most impressive winery tours I’ve ever been a part of (so much so that we’ve been 3 times) and the wines are all so incredibly unique and expressive.

I’ve tasted ‘10, ‘11, ‘12 and ‘13 vintage Merlots and am always surprised at how well the ‘11 shows. The nose highlights the vintage with some green notes, but there is a dirty and spicy kick to it that livens it up. Potpourri and dusty blackberry round it out. Absolutely impeccable texture and balance from start to finish...drinking perfectly at 7-years old. Black cherry, dark chocolate, cassis, violet, muddled rhubarb. Another ‘11 wine that struts its stuff well.

Sep 4th, 2018
Matt Sterr

Outstanding Napa Merlot. True to varietal and region.

Outstanding Napa Merlot. True to varietal and region.

Jul 12th, 2018
gino CapitalG

Round Pond Wine & Olive oil educator/sales

9.5

So so so good thanks Scott for sharing this at the Vintage Report. I loved it. Really this might be the best that can be made. Love merlot.

So so so good thanks Scott for sharing this at the Vintage Report. I loved it. Really this might be the best that can be made. Love merlot.

Feb 16th, 2017
Shay A
9.4

Updating some tasting notes after my trip to Napa a few weeks back.

Best merlot I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Fruit forward with dark fruits...bit of a "cab lovers merlot". Big fan of how this winery operates.

Updating some tasting notes after my trip to Napa a few weeks back.

Best merlot I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Fruit forward with dark fruits...bit of a "cab lovers merlot". Big fan of how this winery operates.

Mar 25th, 2016
Michael Retter

Didn't give it enough time to open. One of my favorite vineyards - but didn't live up this evening.

Didn't give it enough time to open. One of my favorite vineyards - but didn't live up this evening.

Apr 4th, 2015
Shay A
9.3

Last day in Napa Valley. Always bittersweet. We’ve been fortunate to visit Jarvis a few times over the years and they always do a fantastic tasting as well as tour. A must visit in Napa.

Though we weren’t able to taste any Reserve Cabernets or their Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay, this merlot was probably my favorite of the tasting, though the normal finch Hollow Chardonnay was a close second! One of the few Merlots I actively purchase when I can. Dark but very clean/pure fruit profile of black cherry, cedar, nutmeg and a really lovely texture that is incredibly smooth.

Last day in Napa Valley. Always bittersweet. We’ve been fortunate to visit Jarvis a few times over the years and they always do a fantastic tasting as well as tour. A must visit in Napa.

Though we weren’t able to taste any Reserve Cabernets or their Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay, this merlot was probably my favorite of the tasting, though the normal finch Hollow Chardonnay was a close second! One of the few Merlots I actively purchase when I can. Dark but very clean/pure fruit profile of black cherry, cedar, nutmeg and a really lovely texture that is incredibly smooth.

Feb 6th, 2018
Erin Kapsar

Always love a good Jarvis wine!

Always love a good Jarvis wine!

Dec 16th, 2017
Allan Bork

Big, bad ass and beautiful

Big, bad ass and beautiful

Jul 1st, 2017
Rob McCaughey

Very impressive

Very impressive

Jun 8th, 2017
Steve Gulden

Top notch Merlot

Top notch Merlot

Mar 4th, 2017