Tag: Merlot

Arling blaze Wines Hope Dies Last 2018, Napa Valley, California



This is a tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Showing black fruits with dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, alcohol, cola, licorice, light oak, vanilla, earth and spices.

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

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle, but better after 45 minutes of airtime.

A good party wine, and good by itself as a sipping wine. A little hot at the back of the throat, though.

A little unbalanced, but works well for parties.

Thanks Elvira for sharing this with me.


A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Zinfandel and 25% Merlot.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Heir Apparent Spring Mountain District Cellar Selection Red Wine 2019, Napa Valley, California

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday


Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

On the nose red cherries, red currants, sweet raspberries, light oak, spices, chocolates, bell pepper, vegetables, green olives, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

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

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley is starting to drink nicely, but needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Soft and smooth with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

Needs a couple of hours in the decanter to open up.

Feels very much like a right Bank Bordeaux rather than a Napa one.

There’s plenty of fruits here, but they’re all intertwined with lots of earth notes. Interesting stuff out of Napa.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. A small production of only 390 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$120.

Yount Ridge Cellars Proprietary Blend 2009, California





Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing blackberries, cedar, sweet cherries, currants, licorice, diet cola, chocolates, vanilla, spices, espresso and light earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 13 year old Napa Bordeaux blend is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years. Delicious and easy drinking.

Soft and smooth. Rich yet elegant. Fruit forward and spicy.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

A gorgeous Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a wonderful nose, right out of the bottle.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I’ve had a few vintages before, and it is always delicious. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

Really enjoyed it, especially the nose. Kept smelling on it. Delicious stuff.

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$120.

Château Clos Beauregard Pomerol 2013, Bordeaux, France



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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, red cherries, red currants, plums, earth, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, garrigue, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark coffee, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, light river rocks and peppercorn.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Pomerol. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Feels big and grippy, and has a lot in it to last much longer.

A good quality wine from a bad vintage, that will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after a few hours of airtime.

Thank you James @wineroomvideos for sharing this with me.

I had the 2016 a couple of years ago, and it is showing nice consistency.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

A blend of 93% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.

PerUs Wine Company Proprietary Red Alessio 2016, Napa Valley, California


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a gorgeous Cabernet based Bordeaux blend.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and very fruity on the palate.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, cola, light herbs, Mediterranean spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite and light dark coffee.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Elegant, thick and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

Showing great complexity, although still young, and drinking very nicely right out of the bottle.

This 2016 was a great vintage and it is definitely showing. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Soft and smooth. Rich and extracted. Delicious . I just love these Napa Bordeaux blends.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and will also pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. Made by Russell Bevan.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$300.


Blackbird Vineyards Blackmail Napa Valley Merlot 2014, California



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn and light vegetables.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Rich and extracted.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward and spicy, with nice complexity.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and much better with airtime. Delicious once it opens up. Needs 3 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

This 8 year old is a powerful wine, that still has a few more years in it.

Aged for 21 months in French oak barrels (50% new). A tiny production of only 4 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Sangiovese 2018, California

A very pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish/ brownish rim.

Fruity nose with raspberries, cherries, black currants, black plums, light oak, light vanilla, Mediterranean spices, licorice, chocolates, tobacco and herbs.

Medium bodied and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, green herbs, oak, earth, light vanilla, peppercorn and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a very tasty and interesting Sangiovese from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced, tangy and fruit forward. Soft and elegant.

Needs a few hours in the decanter to open up properly, smooth out, and remove some of the acidity. I really enjoyed it after 3 hours.

An interesting expression of Sangiovese. Feels like a blend of old and new worlds.

The high alcohol is very integrated, so watch out.

I had the 2017 before, and it is very consistent.

A good food wine, but good by itself as well. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers. Will pair nicely with red sauce Italian dishes.

A blend of 96% Sangiovese and 4% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months (35% new).

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$39.

Château Grand Corbin Manuel Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

 

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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, herbs, earth, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, coffee, pencil lead and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot based blend from Saint Emilion. Tangy and interesting. A nice food wine and good by itself.

This 7 year old from the great 2015 vintage is still young, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle, too.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

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

A blend of 82% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Château Langoa Barton Saint Julien Cru Classé 2009, Bordeaux, France

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux from St Julian. Rich and dense with lots of complexity. Chewy and opulent.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with earth, oak, spices, black tea, peppercorn, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, licorice, tobacco leaf and chocolates.

This 2009 vintage is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the structure and complexity.

Robert Parker 91 points.

Good by itself, but will pair wonderfully with a nice piece of steak. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

13% alcohol by volume

A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$95.

I Greppi Greppicaia Bolgheri Superiore DOC 2019, Tuscany, Italy



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cooked plums, licorice, light earth, oak, light vegetables, cola, light barnyard, chocolates, tobacco leaf and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, espresso, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and cola.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Tuscany. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

Needs a few hours to open up properly.

Still young and will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years. Has great potential to be a 95+ point wine.

Fruit forward with a great mouthfeel. Rich and extracted.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Aged in (80% new) French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.