Tag: Merlot

Psagot Winery Edom M-Series 2017, Israel



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now, and needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Kosher and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, California

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

Strong nose of of blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, coffee, Indian spices, peppercorn, tobacco and dark chocolates.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, earth and licorice.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a gorgeous 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from the great 2007 vintage. Opulent, spicy and elegant. Rich and extracted.

Showing great complexity and a gorgeous mouthfeel. Well balanced and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle, but oh so much better after 3 hours of airtime. Please be patient, it is so worth it.

Has a teeth staining color, so not a good choice for a first date. You’re welcome.

Still shows so much fruit, and
has 10 to 15 years in it. This is fantastic and delicious.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beautiful piece of steak.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$180.

Kukeri Wines Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, dried fruits, toasted cedar, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, sweet tobacco, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, tobacco, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Although still very young, the nose is already wonderful.

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle. Once it opens up (1 hour), earthy notes show up, and make it more interesting.

A good quality wine with good potential to become a 94+ point wine.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with some Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Aged for 30 months in French oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 6 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$79.

Benhaim Family Winery Tradition Merlot 2003, Israel



It is time for a delicious Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

A beautiful color of ruby /brick with a wide brick rim.

Complex nose of earth, light oak, spices, wet leaves, cherries, currants, light plums, coffee, chocolates, tobacco and black pepper. Smells like you walk into a cave.

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

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, raspberries, black plums, oak, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea, wet leaves and herbs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Israel. Drinking beautifully right out of the bottle. Showing great complexity and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Changes every 15 minutes in the glass. Tannins tame a bit after 45 minutes of airtime.

Feels like a 25 year old Bordeaux. Delicious. Tasty and elegant. Really enjoyable and very unique.

This 19 year old is so rare, that there are only a handful left in private cellars. It’s an honor to be able to try it at this point.

I paired it with cheeses and green olives.

100% Merlot grapes were aged for 14 months in French and American oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

95 points.


Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Man’s Best Blend 2015, Sierra Foothills, California

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and big, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, bitter herbs and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up, and bring nice structure to the wine.

Rich and opulent. Fruit forward and tasty. Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 37% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$27.

Psagot Winery M Series Sinai 2018, Israel

Purplish in color.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with oak, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with nice balance.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins.

This is a nice and fruit forward red blend from Israel.

Good right out of the bottle and didn’t change much with air. Tangy and spicy.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Not complex, but nice enough for a weekday evening. The Shiraz feels very dominant here.

A blend of 36% Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Kosher and Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009, Bordeaux, France




It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very nice 12 year old Merlot blend from Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, coffee, wet leaves and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs time to open up properly, so be patient with it. I’ve had it before, and this time I gave it 4 hours.

Drinking nicely now and will be good in the next 10 years.

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

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.




Montes Alpha M Colchagua Valley Red 2013, Chile


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

What a great Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Chile this is.

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

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, vegetables, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, cola and black pepper.

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

This 8 year old is delicious now and not showing much age. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

This Single Vineyard is a little heavy on the vanilla right now, but I enjoyed it regardless. Gets earthier as it opens up (2 hours).

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$95.

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Merlot 2017, Israel


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

This 4 year old Israeli Merlot is still young, but already enjoyable.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Showing black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, espresso, alcohol, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

I’ve had this Merlot a few times before, and this vintage is my least favorite. A little disappointing, but might just be in its dumb phase.

Rich and spicy. Tangy and interesting. A little hot at this point, and will calm down in a few years.

Good by itself once it opens up, and good with food. I paired it with BBQ Meats.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels (40% new). Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$33.

Smith Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

A very pretty color of dark ruby, with a red /brick rim.

Earthy on the nose with black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, light vanilla, light vegetables,, earth, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, dust, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, spices, tobacco, oak, green herbs, vegetables, earth, spices, red chili pepper, bitter herbs and dark coffee.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is still young, but already enjoyable. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel and good structure.

Earthier than I expected, actually, and good by itself or with food. Feels like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Interesting stuff.

Needs time to open up properly, I gave it 90 minutes. A good quality wine. Spicy and interesting.

Will be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a French Brie cheese.

A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 21 months in (50% new) French Oak barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$62.