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Draconis 2012 Merlot

December 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Draconis 2012 Merlot Notice the bottle is not even labeled yet. My hypothesis is that the wine that Matt Powell makes leaves his tasting room as fast as he can label it. I think that’s a good sign. This rascal is full of warm oak notes that reach deep into the nose. Earthy and full of […]

Borra Vineyards 2011 “2:30am” Merlot

September 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Borra Vineyards 2011 “2:30am” Merlot Great nose full of raspberries with some cloves and spice. Oh wait.. and Cherries! Expect a spicy ride on this rascal. Definitely shows up to play from nose to finish. Yes sir, another please! • 140 cases (I just heard they have sold them all. Where did that sad face […]

Fields Family 2009 Merlot

September 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Merlot Grown in Napa but made in Lodi. Talk about role reversal. The color of this guy reminds me of an aged cab. A Merlot in a Cab disguise. Currant, herbs and spice are well organized for your nose. Wonderfully big in the mouth. The tannins will invite themselves into your house […]

Medlock Ames 2013 Rosé

June 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Medlock Ames 2013 Rosé A mostly Merlot rosé with a splash of Cab. Doesn’t have a sweet nose. Notes of a fall vegetable garden full of ripe fruit. Tomato leaf.  Soft acids and delicate strawberries greet your palate instantly with little, dabbles of sour. Not a long adventure on this one. Some fun acidity rides […]

Malibu Family Wines 2009 Semler Merlot

May 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines 2009 Semler Merlot Raspberries and rich plums in the nose.  Big fresh oak and more plum continue on the palate.  The tannins are big and thump right off the bat.  As the tannins fades, the acid falls away and you are left with moist plum skins and a long finish.  Its like eating […]

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot

January 26th, 2014 | No Comments

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot Soft cherry notes in the nose.  It is not a forward wine., almost apologetic.An acidic ride from the first second it hits your tongue.  Acid subsides as soon as it arrives. Neat trick.  It begins to sit up because of the solid tannin structure on the mid-palate. Gets very smooth, silky, […]

Berghold 2007 Merlot

December 9th, 2013 | No Comments

Berghold 2007 Merlot This merlot is definitely big dark fruit in the nose.  Ironically, its rather mellow on the palate when it first hits the tongue.  After it settles, bitter tannins grab a hold.  I found it a bit of a bumpy ride.  As they subside, the finish is substantial and sticks round. Retail: $22.99 […]

Peirano Estate 2011 Six Clones Merlot

November 18th, 2013 | No Comments

Peirano Estate 2011 Six Clones Merlot Soft red berries with an odd milieu of edgy aromas.  A spicy cocoa is quite persistent and hangs out on the tongue.  Expect an average finish. Retail: $14.00 http://peirano.com (K&S Rating: 1 of 6) Winemaker’s (Tasting) Notes: “Aromas of rich ripe cherries, blackberries with hints of toast, and vanilla coalesce […]

Grgich Hills 2008 Napa Vally Merlot

May 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Grgich Hills 2008 Napa Vally Merlot A cranberry sour with a hint of cedar. Moderate tannins and a good finish. Retail: $42.00 http://www.grgich.com (K&S Rating: 4) Winemaker Notes: This is a cool climate Merlot with bright fruit flavors and mouth pleasing acidity from our vineyards in southern Napa Valley grown within sight of the San […]