Tag: Merlot

Silverado Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California

Dark inky in color with a short purplish rim.

On the nose black currants, plums, cherries, earth, light oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dust and black pepper.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, light alcohol, espresso, chocolates, earth and light herbs.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, but drinking nicely now. Already showing some complexity, especially on the palate.

I’ve had an older vintage of this wine a few years ago, and it has great potential to get a lot better. Would be great to revisit this in 10 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so give it time.

90 points Wine Enthusiasts.

Good to by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon,
14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged in mostly French oak barrels (48% new) for 18 months.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$46.

Château Dauzac Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a reddish/ brick rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, black currants, black cherries, wood, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices, pencil lead, tobacco and black pepper.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, cooked cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and herbs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 12 year old red Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced and fruit forward, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. I really liked the nose, and kept smelling on it for a while.

This Fifth Growth Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage, is drinking very nicely all by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Needed a few hours of airtime, I gave it 3 hours. Delicious once it opens up, so please be patient.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Tasty, rich and flavorful, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot.

13% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Galius Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose cooked cherries, red currants, plums, oak, tobacco, licorice, vanilla, earth, light vegetables, metals, Mediterranean spices, chocolates and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet strawberries, cooked cherries, plums, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco leaf, spices, cocoa, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Merlot-based Bordeaux is rich, spicy and interesting, with a tangy finish. A little off balance at this point.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime (2 hours).

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it feels like it is in its dumb phase. Still young, but already enjoyable.

This 5-year-old from the great 2016 vintage, would age nicely in the next 15 years.

Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2018 Alexander Valley, California

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday!

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, cedar, black plums, cherries, vanilla, licorice, herbs, vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, plums, vegetables, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday wine from Alexander Valley. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Tangy and spicy.

Needs an hour to open up properly.

Drinking nicely, although still young. Need a couple of years in the bottle to mature properly.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. A good wine to pair with pizza or pasta.

100% Merlot grapes were aged in (25% new) French and American oak barrels for 14 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$23.

Anarchist Wine Company Rage Against the Machine 2018, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, blackcurrants, oak, licorice, earth, light vegetables, spices, tobacco and chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, bitter herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking red wine from the North Coast in California. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Still young and needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.

Good by itself and better with food.

A good everyday wine that paired nicely with meats and cheeses.

A very interesting blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest is Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Zinfandel. A small production of less than 200 cases.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$42.

MonteRosola Winery Canto Della Civetta 2016, Italy

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose with blueberries, currants, black cherries, earth, oak light vegetables, wet leaves, leather, espresso, pencil lead, peppercorn, herbs and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, red currants, sweet strawberries, earth, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, pencil lead, espresso, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Tuscany. Showing a great nose with nice complexity and structure. Tangy and spicy. Interesting and rich. Feels like a right Bank Bordeaux.

This Single Vineyard is still young and would be better in 5 years of bottle time. Would age nicely in the next 15 years.

I decanted it for 90 minutes, which is when the the tannins showed up.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the Prosciutto.

100% Merlot grapes were hand picked and fermented in concrete vats. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Limited production.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Anarchist Wine Company The Philosopher 2017 Napa Valley, California

Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, black currants, oak, light vanilla, licorice, chocolates, earth, pencil lead, coke and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, blueberries, light wood, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn, spices, graphite and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable red blend from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when the tannins show up.

Showing nice structure and will be good in the next 3 years. I like these Napa Bordeaux blends, what can I say.

I paired it with dried meats, olives and crackers.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Petite Sirah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

Concha Y Toro Castillo del Diablo Merlot Reserva 2019, Chile

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Earthy nose with bell pepper, vegetables, blueberries, light wood, wet leaves, dark coffee, spices, earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, green pepper, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vegetables, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a simple Merlot from Chile. Spicy and tangy.

Very green at this point, and needs a few hours to open up properly.

Still young and unbalanced, and would be better in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with cheeses, nuts and fresh fruit.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$10.

Foundry Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose wild flowers, blueberries, black cherries, light wood, licorice, spices, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked strawberries, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, spices, light vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, peppercorn, herbs, red chili powder and light vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from the great 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with a great nose.

Showing nice complexity at this point. Elegant, spicy and soft.

Good by itself and good right out of the bottle. After 2.5 hours in the decanter, tannins and structure show up together with lots of spices. Worth the wait.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 214 cases. Aged for 29 months in French Oak barrels (80% new).

14.2% alcohol by Volume.

92 points.

$78.

Chateau Méaume Bordeaux Superieur 2018, France

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, black cherries, black plums, oak, spices, light vanilla, licorice, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, earth, oak, licorice, coffee, vegetables, peppercorn, black tea, graphite and bitter herbs.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Bordeaux is starting to drink nicely now, although still very young.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. Feels very true to the terroir.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Structure and complexity come in after 30 minutes of airtime.

This 2018 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Nice to see that this young Bordeaux is already approachable. Will age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it meats and cheeses. Really nice with the aged Brie cheese.

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Bottled 2 years after harvest.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.