Serres Ranch Winery Estate Grown Merlot Buchanan 2018, Sonoma Valley, California
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
On the nose plums, sweet cherries, red currants, oak, spices, licorice, coffee, earth, light vegetables and herbs.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, raspberries, spices, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, herbs, earth, light alcohol and cinnamon.
Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is very young Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Sonoma Valley. Showing lots of red fruits with chocolate notes. Elegant with a nice mouthfeel.
A Right Bank Bordeaux in style, with lots fruits. Tangy and interesting.
Needs time to open up a property. I gave it 60 minutes. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.
Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 2 years.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 9 days ago
WNH NY, 2021.
The morning after the sausage-making the night before. The sausages were great during consumption (so-to-speak), but when you wake up, you see how the sausages were made!
Personally, I’ve never had a bad bottle of Ridge, and this example followed that pattern. Tilts much more towards a Bdx in terms of its style and personality. Black plums, currants and a hint of soft tobacco present on the nose and palate. Medium weight, with moderate tannins, but brighter acidity than I expected. Out of a magnum, this needs more time, but presented beautifully tonight.
A great gift from @Shay A’s cellar - thanks bud! — 13 days ago
Double decant (decent chunky/fine sediment). A phenomenal dark tawny garnet color. On the nose: plum, musty soil, cigar box, cinnamon, smokey vanilla. Taste: smooth, balanced medium body wine with dark plum, leather, mocha, minerals, and a slightly bitter black tea dry medium finish. No reason to wait, drink em if you got em. Cheers! — a day ago
This is 60-40 Cab and Syrah. Dark rusty, red. Smells like leather, red licorice, humid humus, and water plants. Flavors are big, smoky and pronounced. Black licorice, tobacco (cigars and pipes), and black cherry juice. This is a big, dense wine that hasn’t softened up much even though it’s almost 10 years on. Nice combo though of the unheard of Cab-Syrah mix. Got another bottle. Maybe age it another 10 years and see how it preforms. — 17 days ago
I hesitated on this, the last Hourglass Cab I opened way to early; thought I would give this Merlot a try and it is so delicious! I am getting brambly fruit, mocha, vanilla cedar, blackberries, milk chocolate, tea leaves, raspberries, and sandalwood. Tannins are nicely integrated, balance really nice, smooth as silk! Alc. 14.6..no burn! — 14 days ago
Deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruits, smoky spice and earthy notes. A blend of 80% Merlot & 20% Cab Franc, 100% new oak, on the palate flavors of fruit & spice, Blackberry, Plum & Black Cherry, with notes of espresso, vanilla & smoky cedar, lively acidity with great mouthfeel. Fine tannins, still grippy, long finish ending with toasty cedar, tobacco and earthy spice, needs some time to develop. Wait a couple of years on the ‘16. — 17 days ago