Blackbird Vineyards Blackmail Napa Valley Merlot 2014, California

It’s time for a delicious Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Really elegant at this point. Tasty and easy drinking. Rich and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after two hours in the decanter.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouth feel. A great sipping wine.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

This 8 year old is peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Well-balanced and easy drinking, and paired nicely with food as well. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 21 months. A small production of only 4 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.


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