Tag: Merlot

Foyt Family Wines Meritage No 72 2016 Sonoma County, California

Time to add some Merlot to our life, on this #MerlotThursday. This Meritage blend will have to do.

This is a very tasty red blend from Sonoma County. Nicely balanced, spicy and tangy with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, graphite and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good by itself or with food. I let it open up in a decanter for 3 hours.

Should age nicely in the next 5 years.

Paired very nicely with the Camembert cheese.

A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$38.

Calla Lily Estate Audax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

We have a new president! Time for a Celebratory wine 🍷

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cedar, blackberries, vanilla, licorice, black plums, black currants, raisins, figs, chocolates, cola, earth, coffee, spices, violets and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, dark chocolates, peppercorn, tobacco and light herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Easy drinking and elegant. Nicely balanced, fruit forward and spicy.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time (90 minutes).

This 5 year old is still young, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.
Nice to see a Napa Cabernet that is not too high in alcohol.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch, but will be great with a piece of steak too.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Aged for 27 months in French Oak barrels (50% new). A very small production of only 1,600 bottles.

14.1% alcohol by alcohol.

93 points

$120.

Fattoria di MonteMaggio Torre di MonteMaggio Toscana 2016 IGT, Italy

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a great surprise from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Great nose of black cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, chocolates, earth, wet leaves, tobacco, vinaigrette, forest floor and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, light vegetables, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, tobacco, wet leaves, herbs, earth and leather.

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

This is a delicious Merlot from Tuscany. What a great surprise. Tasty and spicy with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food and easy drinking.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show that beautiful nose.

Feels much older than a 4 year old, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.

High in alcohol, but very nicely integrated. Loved the nose here.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Merlot grapes, were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot 2014 Napa Valley, California

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

Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, light medicine, coffee and peppercorn

Medium length on the finish soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from a great vintage. I actually expected more from this, but I believe it is still young. Too fruity for me, and that would hopefully calm down in the future. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.

A good quality wine, but a little unbalanced.

Robert Parker 90 points.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

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

A blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 22 months in French Oak Barrels (
60% new).

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2012 Napa Valley, California

Celebrating 20K on Instagram with this beautiful wine!

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Doesn’t show age at all.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, mocha, caramel and black pepper.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, mocha, coke, light earth, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Napa Bordeaux blend. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

A fantastic wine from a great vintage. I’ve had a few different vintages of this, from older to younger, and this 2012 vintage is so nice right now. Will be even better in the next 10 to 15 years.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Rich yet elegant. Opulent and luxurious. Delectable and delicious.

Robert Parker 96 points.

Good right out of the bottle and much better after 3 hours of airtime. Fun wine for parties if it’s in the budget 😉

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in New French oak barrels for 24 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$250.

Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2007, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

To bring in the New Year, here is a delicious wine, one of California’s icons. Happy New Year to all of you.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, dark coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, coffee and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet blend from California. Showing great complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

This 13 year old is a delicious Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and engaging, with a tangy finish that makes it interesting.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins and become its own.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Drinking very nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$230 (current vintage).

Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Red Blend 2012, California

Very dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose with sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries, oak, licorice, dark chocolates, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Bordeaux blend from Mendocino, California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is drinking very nicely now and needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Nicely balanced, tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and had it by the pool. Goes very nicely with the Italian dried meats.

A blend of 82.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 12.3% Merlot. Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Grand Napa Vineyards Master Red 2018 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Earthy on the nose with blueberries, currants, black cherries, earth, oak, spices, vegetables, bell pepper, dark chocolates, pencil lead and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, barnyard, tobacco, spices, oak, earth, vegetables, herbs, chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy spices.

This is a very young red blend from Napa Valley. Earthy and spicy, and drinks more like an old world Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux.

Showing a soft and elegant mouthfeel, with nice complexity. Stinky right out of the bottle. A very interesting wine with good potential.

Needs 3 to 5 years to come to itself, so be patient, as it will age nicely in the next 10 years.

I gave it 3 hours to open up, and paired it with meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the brie cheese and will be great with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec and 20% Merlot. A limited production of 775 cases.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$90.

Kukeri Wines Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Howell Mountain.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, currants, cedar, licorice, cola, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, tobacco, black pepper, pencil lead and light herbs.

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

Dry on the palate and very fruity with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth, cedar, leather, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Rich and elegant, tangy and spicy. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years. Has the potential to be a 95+ point wine.

A good sipping wine to have all by itself, with good friends. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
A small production of only 9 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$95.

Otis Kenyon Wines Merlot 2014 Walla Walla Valley, Washington

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Walla Walla Valley. This 6 year old is spicy and tangy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Better after a couple of hours of airtime, but good right out of the bottle too.

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

14.4% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.