#merlotthursday

Shafer Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Soft and elegant. Smooth and fruit forward.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 2014 vintage is drinking wonderfully now, and this wine is a good example of it. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

I had this vintage 6 years ago, but it was not ready at all. Was unbalanced and a little austere. Right now, it is a wonderful wine that's at its peak, and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Easy drinking, spicy and entertaining.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

A blend of 78% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in mostly new French oak barrels.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.
— 7 days ago

Paul, Dawn and 21 others liked this

Perus Wine

Bryn Proprietary Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

It is time for a delicious Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Deep purple/ Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big strong nose with blueberries, blackberries, black cherries, licorice, cedar, light vanilla, spices, raisins, chocolates, dried figs, light alcohol and peppercorn.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries, cedar, espresso, vanilla, spices, cola, herbs, beef jerky, tar, peppercorn pencil lead, dark chocolates and tobacco leaf.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a gorgeous Merlot based blend from Napa Valley.

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

Tasty and concentrated. Rich and powerful, and not for the faint of hearts.

This young Bordeaux blend is already fabulous, will be so much better in 10 years, and will age nicely in the next 15 years. Would be nice to revisit it again in 5 years.

A blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet sauvignon. A small production of only 300 cases.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$125.
— a month ago

Romain, Stuart and 15 others liked this

Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Merlot 2018

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium acidity.

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

Showing black plums, stewed cherries, blueberry pie, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, cedar, earth, vanilla, spices, herbs, light licorice and tobacco.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot from Napa Valley. Still young and would be better in a few years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Rich and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needed 90 minutes in the decanter to open up properly.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

I've had many vintages of this wine, and it always delivers. Big, spicy and entertaining. Soft and supple.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$42.
— 2 months ago

Ted, Daniel and 21 others liked this

Wines of Substance, LLC

Merlot Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Vineyard 2014

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vanilla and chocolates.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Single Vineyard Merlot from Washington State. Soft and elegant with nice complexity.

Another delicious wine by Charles Smith. Peaking now. Tangy and interesting.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Better right out of the bottle. Lost some oomph after decanting it for 90 minutes.

Good by itself or with food.

100% Merlot grapes were aged for 21 months in (50% new) French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.
— 14 days ago

Ted, Jay and 12 others liked this
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Kukeri

Howell Mountain Proprietary Merlot Blend 2020

Kukeri Wines Proprietary Red Blend Howell Mountain 2020, Napa Valley, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

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

Showing black currants, plums, black cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, dried meat, herbs, light earth, peppercorn and cinnamon.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious red blend from Howell Mountain. Still extremely young, but already very tasty.

Rich, but not 'in your face' kind of wine. Nicely balanced and opulent with nice complexity.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Probably needed a couple of hours to open up properly, but I didn't have that luxury, as the bottle finished way too fast.

I paired it with dried meats.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and some Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 19 months. A tiny production of only 6 barrels produced.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.
— a month ago

Ira, Paul and 10 others liked this

Château Tertre Daugay

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Nice fresh nose of blueberries, cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, plums, sweet spice, earth, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, coffee, licorice, dark chocolates, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 22 year old, from the great 2000 vintage, is drinking very nicely now. Feels very young, and has a lot of years in it.

Nicely balanced with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had it blind, and called it correctly including the Vintage, which only shows that it is very typical as one might expect it to be.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55 (at release)
— 3 months ago

Daniel, Paul and 14 others liked this

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.

$100.
— 21 days ago

Jay, Peter and 17 others liked this
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Sounds yummy!
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One of my favs!
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Always happy to see a great Merlot.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot 2014

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

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

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 8 year old Merlot is peaking now. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Tasty and easy drinking. Will continue to drink nicely in the next couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle, and good by itself as a sipping wine.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

Rich and fruit forward. Spicy and entertaining.

I had a few vintages before, and it is very consistent.

Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.
— a month ago

Eric, Juan and 11 others liked this

Pellet Estate

Pellet Vineyard Merlot 2018

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back.

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Showing blue and black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn and coffee.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Single Vineyard is rich and extracted, and still young. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

A nice sipping wine and good with food too.

I had it a year and a half ago, and it is drinking better now.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A tiny production of only 300 bottles. 100% Merlot grapes.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.
— 2 months ago

Ted, Eric and 15 others liked this

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Merlot 2016

It time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with with nice complexity.

Showing plums, sour cherries, raspberries, light oak, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, herbs and peppercorn.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Washington State. Easy drinking and still tasty. Probably on its last leg, so drink up if you have any.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food.

A nice sipping wine. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$15.
— 3 months ago

Tom, Romain and 14 others liked this