Tag: Merlot

Long Shadows Vintners Collection Pirouette 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State



This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley in Washington State.

Very dark in color, and looks very young.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, earth and coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 8 year old is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Smooth and elegant. Rich and extracted, with a great mouth feel.

Good by itself or with food. A great wine to sip on and talk about.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle as well.

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

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. Winemaker is Philippe Melka.

15.4% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65 (current vintage).

The wine Foundry Broken Rock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley, California



It is time for a delicious Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a pretty reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked raisins, cedar, figs, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, Mediterranean spices, coffee, light earth, eucalyptus and mint.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, cooked plums, oak, vanilla, raisins, eucalyptus, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vintage in Napa Valley. This Single Vineyard is elegant, rich and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Peaked at 3 hours in the decanter.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

I’ve had it over a year ago, and it is drinking even better now. Peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Petit verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly new French Oak barrels. A tiny production of less than 5 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$115.

Château LaTour a Pomerol 2003 Bordeaux, France



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

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Showing red and black fruits with earth, tobacco, oak, licorice, eucalyptus, herbs, light vanilla, black tea and black pepper.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This 2003 vintage is showing very nicely now. Drinks very young, and feels more like a 5 years old.

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

This delicious 19 year old Merlot is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a pizza with arugula, cherry tomatoes and prosciutto.

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 16 months.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.

Chateau Royaumont Lalande de Pomerol 2018 Bordeaux, France



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

Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, ripe cherries, earth, cedar, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, spices, licorice, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and light black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity, a teeth staining color, and a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and will be even better in the next 10 to 15 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after a couple of hours.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a roasted lamb dish.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

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.