Tag: Merlot

Peju Province Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2015, California

It’s time for #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delightful one.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, spices, cedar, licorice, vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Fruit forward, rich and big, with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (90 minutes).

Drinking very nicely now and will be better in the next 5 years.

I had it all by itself. So delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

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Château La Tour Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Cru Classé de Graves 1998, Bordeaux, France

A very enjoyable 21 year old, Left Bank Bordeaux, from Pessac Léognan.

Showing black fruits with earth, wet leaves, herbs, oak, spices, chocolates, pencil lead, black pepper, forest floor and tobacco leaf.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

A great quality wine with good complexity and mouthfeel. I had it blind, and called it right. Missed the vintage by 2 years 😊

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins and structure (90 minutes).

Very enjoyable now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.

Vineyard 36 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, bitter herbs, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a very yummy mouthfeel.

Still young and needs time in the bottle to mature.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. After 90 minutes of airtime, it shows more vegetable notes.

Good with food, but also a great sipper. Delicious now, but will be even better in the next 5 to 10 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

Had it all by myself. Sometimes you need to take time for yourself, with a good bottle of wine, right? 😂

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$85.

Château du Bois Chantant Bordeaux Supérieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

It is time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice surprise from the Right Bank of Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, barnyard, black pepper, vegetables, bell pepper, black tea, graphite, leather and tobacco.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, blueberries, wood, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, wet leaves, bitter herbs, pencil lead, bell pepper and earth.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Earthy and nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now, but not one for long term aging, even though it is from a great vintage. Tastes much more aged than a 4 year old.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (2 hours).

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

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

A blend of 63% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Hunt and Harvest Wines Rutherford Merlot 2013, Napa Valley, California

Time for my #MerlotThursday. Here’s a great one from Napa Valley.

A nice color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, plums, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, dark coffee, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vegetables, leather, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and spicy. Fruit forward and big. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour).

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now. From a great vintage, and is peaking now. Will be good in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Merlot grapes were aged in 50% New French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.

Taken Wines Napa Valley Red Blend 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth, medicine, pencil lead and black pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and cherries.

This is a great Red blend from Napa Valley. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Elegant and very enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour in the decanter.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Hugh tannins come in after 2 hours. Definitely needs 3 to 5 years to calm down.

A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Zinfandel, 15% Merlot and 13% Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$36.

Paloma Vineyard Spring Mountain District Merlot 2012, Napa Valley California

Time for my #MerlotThursday . Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, light vegetables, pencil lead, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Interesting, powerful and bold.

I had this vintage 2 years ago, and loved it just as much.

The 2012 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Would easily be 94+ points in 5 years from now, so this would be a good cellaring candidate.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Had it blind, and it felt like a Napa Syrah, actually.

Thanks DJ for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

Delicious and yummy. I had it all by itself.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.