Tag: Merlot

InSerrata Indaco Rosato Toscana 2019 Tuscany, Italy




This week’s #MerlotThursday is an interesting Rosé from Italy.

Neon orange in color with a peachy hue.

Strong nose of over ripen citrus fruits, apples, spices, light vegetables, cherries and raspberries.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, raspberries, ripe limes, almonds, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Spicy finish with bitter herbs.

This is an elegant Merlot based Rosé from Tuscany.

Soft and smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Gets earthier once it opens up.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Paired nicely with Brie cheese and fresh berries.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese. Organic.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Chateau Auney L’Hermitage Graves Rouge 2014, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, vanilla, licorice, herbs, tobacco leaf, black tea, black pepper, coffee, pencil lead and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, earth, peppercorn, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot blend from Graves. A unique blend for this region.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A good food wine and good by itself too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2018, Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Saint Emilion.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackcurrants, black plums, vanilla, dark coffee, oak, chocolates, fresh herbs, tobacco leaf, light black tea and black pepper.

Full-bodied and soft with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates and dark coffee.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot based red blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime.

I had it a year ago, and it is drinking much better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Tasty and spicy. Rich and elegant.

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

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Flam Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Israel




Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, Mediterranean spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, dark chocolates, light alcohol, light vegetables and herbs.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This 5 year old feels like a left bank Bordeaux.

Already showing nice complexity, although still young. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Fruit forward with an elegant mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours in the decanter to open up properly and show the complexity.

Good by itself or with food, and feels like a blend of old and new world Cabernet.

Grapes are grown in the Upper Galilee region. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume

92 points.

$70.

Inserrata Winery  Rosso Toscano Insieme 2019, Italy

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

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of sweet cherries, raspberries, black plums, spices, light oak, earth, eucalyptus, light alcohol, tobacco leaf, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark chocolates, peppercorn, light wood, vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Long tangy finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very tasty Merlot – Sangiovese blend from Tuscany.

Needs 90 minutes of air time to smooth out the tannins, and remove some of the alcohol.

This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and nuts. Paired nicely with the Brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

Effingham Manor Cellars Effingham Reserve 2019, Virginia

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, oak, plums, black cherries, Indian spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, black tea, herbs, dark chocolates, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Soft finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel. Tasty and enjoyable.

Smells very much like a young Bordeaux right out of the bottle.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up.

Once it opens up, the palate catches up to the Bordeaux Style as well.

Still young and needs a few years to mature. Showing good potential, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

At this point, the Merlot is more dominant than the rest. Feels like a right bank Bordeaux. Spicy, tangy and entertaining.

Good by itself or with food. Really enjoyed the nose once it opened up. A very nice sipping wine.

A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 19% Tannant, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 14 months in American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$49.

Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2015, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates and tobacco leaf.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.


This 7 year old, from the great 2015 vintage, is drinking very nice right now.

This Fifth growth Bordeaux is showing nice complexity, with a soft and elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours in the decanter.

Young, but already delicious, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Robert Parker 97 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A Delicious wine that drank better than the 1996 I had 4 years ago.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 16 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$130.

Checkerboard Vineyards Napa Valley Red 2010, California




Another delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from a Single Vineyard in Napa Valley.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with tobacco, chocolates, coffee, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices and peppercorn.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with a long finish and round tannins.

Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich, yet elegant and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and probably better with airtime, but I didn’t have that luxury, as the bottle finished right away.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself, and does not need any food, but will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

This Magnum will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1%Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Grapes are grown at 1,200 feet of elevation, and were aged in oak barrels for 26 months. A small production of only 250 cases.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$800 (Magnum).

Avery Rose Winery Six Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, wild flowers, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, vanilla, light spices and black pepper.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, tobacco, cedar, licorice, diet cola, chocolates, light mocha and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This tasty 6 year old Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, is drinking very nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Elegant and fruit forward. Rich and extracted.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

I had it a couple of years ago, and it is drinking even better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Delicious to drink all by itself and good with food too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired beautifully with the Italian salami.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 21 months.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$110.

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.

$100.