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Napa Valley Merlot

9.1701 ratings
9.192 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
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Surprise 2009 Napa Merlot tasting after the Pahlmeyer tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Lovely nose with notes of gunpowder, tobacco, dark berries, lavender, lilac and a touch of gravel. Medium tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Lots of dark berries, sweet spices and woody. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Surprise 2009 Napa Merlot tasting after the Pahlmeyer tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Lovely nose with notes of gunpowder, tobacco, dark berries, lavender, lilac and a touch of gravel. Medium tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Lots of dark berries, sweet spices and woody. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Feb 9th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Medium to deep purplish red. Lovely nose with notes of black currants, light sweet spices, perfume, and even a touch blue. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and balanced acidity. Medium bodied with notes of cassis, gravel, spices, cinnamon and light blue fruits. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Medium to deep purplish red. Lovely nose with notes of black currants, light sweet spices, perfume, and even a touch blue. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and balanced acidity. Medium bodied with notes of cassis, gravel, spices, cinnamon and light blue fruits. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Saul Gropman

Owner/Operator Cafe La Haye

9.0

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Classic cherry & cocoa!

Sep 29th, 2017
Brian Szluk

Raspberry, blackberry, herbs and spice.

Raspberry, blackberry, herbs and spice.

Sep 21st, 2017
Corey Zamora, CSW

Outstanding. Gobs of fruit, but still keeps the body and mouthfeel of merlot. Just terrific.

Outstanding. Gobs of fruit, but still keeps the body and mouthfeel of merlot. Just terrific.

6 people found it helpfulOct 31st, 2014
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.5

And only 15% alcohol!

And only 15% alcohol!

5 people found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2013
Kaitlin Ohlinger

Merlot's higher self in action.

Merlot's higher self in action.

4 people found it helpfulSep 20th, 2014
Jimmy Smith

Director, West and North London Wine School

8.9

Lovely forward spiced plum, damson and black cherry. Light sweet spice, good soft vanilla oak. Light grip, full but soft, needs a little time to resolve, sweet vanilla finish. Good.

Lovely forward spiced plum, damson and black cherry. Light sweet spice, good soft vanilla oak. Light grip, full but soft, needs a little time to resolve, sweet vanilla finish. Good.

2 people found it helpfulJun 10th, 2015
M. Ventre

Opulent lush Merlot character, loads of oak.. But great structure on this to support it... Love the acid on this..

Opulent lush Merlot character, loads of oak.. But great structure on this to support it... Love the acid on this..

2 people found it helpfulMar 15th, 2015
Kyle Schlachter

Writer Colorado Wine Press

9.1

Blackberry, blueberries, charcoal, cocoa. Rich, dense, long finish. Smooth. For cab drinkers that don't like tannin.

Blackberry, blueberries, charcoal, cocoa. Rich, dense, long finish. Smooth. For cab drinkers that don't like tannin.

2 people found it helpfulMar 1st, 2015