Tag: Merlot

Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Sangiovese 2017, California



Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

On the nose blueberries, currants, plums, tart cherries, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, light earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium-plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, plums, vanilla, licorice, cedar, leather, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice wine from Napa Valley. Tangy, spicy and interesting with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young, but already drinking nicely. Feels like an Italian red with a new world twist.

Easy drinking and needs time to open up a property. I gave it 90 minutes.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Brie cheese. Will pair nicely with pizza.

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels (35% new).

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$36.

Podre il Castellaccio Orio Bolgheri 2017 DOC 2017, Italy




Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black cherries, light vanilla, coke, licorice, Indian spices, tar, light vegetables, earth, tobacco leaf and graphite.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso and earth.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Franc blend from Italy. Tangy and interesting with lots of fruit.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Really loved the nose after 2 hours in the decanter.

Showing very nicely at this point, once it opens up, with nice complexity, good structure and a nice mouthfeel. I love these Italian Bordeaux style reds.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and Italian dried meat.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A small production of only 8,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Chateau Bellefont Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2017 Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice one from Bordeaux.

Dark inky in color with a short ruby rim.

On the nose, blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light vanilla, spices, licorice, earth, black pepper, chocolates and tobacco leaf.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, light pencil lead, spices, oak, tobacco, earth, peppercorn, herbs and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and cranberries.

This 4 year old Merlot is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Rich and tangy with nice complexity.

Still very young, and need 3 to 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Would age nicely in the next 15 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. Showing good potential to become a much better wine.

I opened it up and tasted it every 30 minutes. Was ready to drink after a little over 2 hours, so take your time.

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

A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Kukeri Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn’t expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009, Bordeaux, France



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

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Nice nose of black currants, black plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light barnyard, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, diet coke, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, graphite, vegetables and peppercorn.

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

This is a very enjoyable Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from the great 2009 vintage. Drinks like a young wine, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs a long time to open up, so be patient with it. Took 4 hours for the tannins to show up.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

I had the 2008 a couple of years ago and enjoyed it too. Very consistent.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Ripe, elegant and fruity.

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

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40 (current vintage).

Pellet Estate Napa Valley Pellet Vineyard Merlot 2018, California

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Napa Valley.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black plums, black cherries, licorice, cedar, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, earth, vegetables, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, plums, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very young Merlot from a Single Vineyard. Starting to drink nicely, although better with food.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Tangy and elegant with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing mild complexity at this point. Would be better in 3 to 5 years, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. Has the potential to be a gorgeous wine.

I paired it with Prosciutto, aged Brie and crackers.

100% Merlot grapes. A very small production of around 300 bottles.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$85.

Frank Fredericks Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California



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

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim. Pretty color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, black plums, earth, oak, light vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco, light green vegetables and herbs.

Nice tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, with a nice and easy mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 3 hours to open up. As it opens up, it becomes spicier with more earthy notes.

Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. A new world wine with a touch of Bordeaux. Very interesting.

Would benefit from 5 to 10 years of bottle time, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

A good quality wine that shows good potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Paired very nicely with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Aged in new French oak for 27 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$275 (upon release).

Chateau des Granges D’Or Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2017, Bordeaux, France

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of cherries, sweet strawberries, black currant, plums, earth, oak, barnyard, vegetables, spices, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, plums, cherries, light oak, spices, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, black pepper and coffee.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot based blend from Bordeaux. Balanced and easy drinking with a soft mouthfeel. Already showing nice complexity.

Needs time to open up. I gave it two hours. A little stinky, but some like that too.

Would be interesting to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolves.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the wild mushroom Brie cheese from the Netherlands.

A blend of 71% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Frenchtown 2019, Columbia Valley, Washington State



Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, oak, spices, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, blueberries, light earth, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young red blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. Easy drinking, tangy and interesting.

Good now, and will be better in a couple of years. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 45% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 9 months in neutral oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.

Heir Apparent Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California



Dark purple/ inky in color with a short purple rim.

Pretty nose of blackberries, black cherries, licorice, light vanilla, cedar, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, spices, light herbs and pencil lead.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, vanilla, tobacco, cedar, leather, dark chocolates, coffee, light earth, vegetables, liquorice and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing a smooth mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Still very young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Needs 5 to 7 years to mature properly.

A good quality wine that has the potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Needs 4 hours to open up properly, so give it time.

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

A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$165.