Blackbird Vineyards

Blackbird Vineyards

Blackmail Merlot 2016

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a gorgeous one.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate, smooth and elegant.

Showing black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 7 year old Merlot from Napa Valley is drinking beautifully now. Tangy and rich. Interesting and extracted.

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

This 2016 was a great vintage in Napa, and it is definitely showing it.

I've had the 2014 vintage (which was a great vintage too) a few times before, and loved it just as much.

Peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 21 days ago

Jay, Peter and 17 others liked this
Tom Casagrande

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Sounds yummy!
Ted Boydston

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One of my favs!
Kevin Dale

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Always happy to see a great Merlot.

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