Merlot Blend

Serres Ranch

Estate Grown Sonoma County Merlot 2018

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.

90 points.

$65.
— 9 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend 2009

Ron R
9.6

WNH NY, 2021.
From magnum.
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

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Always enjoy the American Oak spice/herbs this wine sports. Definitely got better and better as the night went on!
9.5

Vega Sindoa

Merlot 2018

Love how it’s not sweet and smooth when I’m slowly savouring it. Definitely too strong on empty stomach. — 6 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Napa Valley Merlot 2006

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

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La Carraia

Solcato Umbria Sangiovese Blend

Umbria baby. This region needs far more attention. It’s not just sagrantino. This wine is simply wow, for the North American palate. Such a shame they’re all wasting time with Lodi cabs. — 14 days ago

Sharon, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

MontGras

Ninquén Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Blend 2012

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

Jason, MaJ and 1 other liked this

Rutherford Hill

Napa Valley Merlot 2019

Luxe, velvety red with intense notes of blackberry, black cherry, pencil shavings, vanilla, cocoa, and espresso and lush tannins. Good for chilly weather! (sample) — a day ago

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Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Alex Lallos
9.4

Showing nice tar, dark cherry, graphite and soil. Very pretty wine. Beautiful color. Still has lots of life but perfect now! Even better with prime ribeye — 19 hours ago

LM, Shay and 1 other liked this

Hourglass

Blueline Estate Napa Valley Merlot

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

Neil, Severn and 17 others liked this

Château Clos L'Eglise

Pomerol Merlot - Cabernet Franc Blend 2016

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

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