Red - Merlot
2014 Trecini Merlot, Russian River Valley, California, USA$25
The 2014 Trecini Merlot comes from the Dunn Vineyard, which sits in the low-lying eastern foothills of Sonoma County in a slightly warmer region of the Russian River Valley. The vines grow in well drained gravely soils on a westerly facing slope which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and capture the last bit of the sun’s afternoon warmth, an essential factor in this much cooler vintage. Memorable, the Merlot brings a richer mouth-feel, with a rich velvet texture. The lower alcohol allows for these deeper complex textures and dimensions to come together and produce a distinctive classic Merlot more reminiscent of Europe than California. Trecini Merlot shows off delicious red fruit characters, with some whiffs of dried herbs and a touch of tobacco. Suitable for drinking now, we believe that this wine has enough natural acidity and structure to be consumed for several years to come.
Duckhorn Merlot 2014, Napa Valley$59
This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish. 90 Points Wine Spectator
Educated Guess Merlot 2015$25
The latest wine from Roots Run Deep Winery, Educated Guess Napa Valley Merlot 2015 comes from top vineyards in Yountville and Oak Knoll. Barrel fermented for 15 months in French oak, adding great texture, complexity, and weight to the wine. Flavors of dark plum, wild berries, cassis and chocolate are well integrated with the French oak. If you enjoy the Cabernet Sauvignon, you are going to love the Merlot!
Gaja Magari 2015$83
Magari means if only it were true!, an expression used often in Italian to express desire, hope, and a vision of a bright future.
Loam- and clay-rich terre brune,brown earth, ideal for the cultivation of wines with pronounced minerality and notes of tar.
With its lush Merlot fruit and its spicy Cabernet character, Magari expresses the essence of Bolgheri, rich and well-rounded, with an elegant, silky finish.
Inky dark, exploding with aromas of juicy berries, exotic spices, cigar wrapper, and fresh-cut herbs, the 2015 Magari offers sheer delight to wine-lovers, both new to Italian wine and seasoned aficionados. This lush wine, half Merlot with 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, is one of the greatest Super Tuscans around. Magari gets its name from a common Italian expression, whose ironic translation means, “if only it were true,” and serves to highlight the joy of its sincerely joyful drinking. Elegant and rich, this 2013 bottling shows the hand of Angelo and the finesse of his daughter, Gaia, who assumes more control in the winemaking every year. It’s a ripe vintage that offers terrific near-term appeal, while still having the structure for long-term pleasure.
Gaja Promis 2015$65
The proprietary name, Promis, was created by the Gaja family to denote commitment, expectation, fulfillment and hope. The promise of quality and the reward of diligence and excellence. This is a delightful wine that combines elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced and approachable in its youth with considerable aging potential. The 2015 Gaja Promis (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese) is deeply concentrated with thick tones of black tar, espresso, candied cherry, clove, rum cake and bitter chocolate. Although it feels broad and large in the mouth, the wine also shows enormous elegance and focus. That inner opulence is channeled into tight, sharp pulses that impact the palate with grace and poise.
L’Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2013$20
Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. The 2013 vintage was one of the warmest vintages for Washington, rivaling 2003 and 1998, with slightly lower yields due to smaller berry size. The L'Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2013 shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous dark fruit flavors stay bright and focused through an integrated finish. 45% Merlot 15% Syrah 18% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Grenache 6% Malbec 3% Mourvèdre 6% Cabernet Franc.
Longboard Vineyards Merlot 2015, Dakine Vineyard, Russian River Valley$30
From the Estate Vineyard on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, this wonderful Merlot is field-blended with 13% Malbec. Great with any meal that has a nice spice or heat to it, this is a crowd favorite and a wine that rekindles our love affair with this variety.
Paradigm Merlot 2014, Oakville$53
Made by famed winemaker, Heidi Barrett, the 2014 Merlot is medium dark ruby in color with clean aromatics of ripe plums and cherries layered with light touches of spice and sweet French Oak notes. The nose is amazing. Soft across the palate yet
flavors are explosive and exciting. Ripe jammy fruit with a very silky texture and mouthfeel. The tannins are quite moderate in this beautiful Oakville Merlot. We love the balance here between the acidity, fruit, and oak. Nice length too. Flavors persist for several minutes.
94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignont
Pedroncelli Merlot 2015$20
Aromas are enticing in the Pedroncelli Merlot 2014, with hints of strawberry and baking spices. Flavors of black cherry, plum, and black pepper are showcased along with cinnamon notes and, in the background, a touch of vanilla and toasty oak. Medium bodied with round tannins follow through to a velvety finish. A beautifully balanced wine.
Rabble Merlot 2015$25
As one of the newer additions to the Rabble (Force of Nature) wines, the Rabble Merlot 2015 comes from the Mossfire Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles and is 100% Merlot,”The Die is Cast,” reads the blade of the fallen Goddess Medusa. The game is on and Merlot is back. Rabble Merlot is a throwback, delivering full bodied, luscious dark bruised berries and cassis. The rich berries give a tremendous amount of density on the palate that continues and lingers with long and decidant tannin. A throw back Merlot. Powerful and seductive in color and body. Dusty notes with rich fruit. Chalky tannins and composed sructure.
Rabble Red Blend 2015$23
The Rabble Red Blend 2015 comes from the Mossfire Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles. Aged in French oak, it is made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Brooding purple with dark rimmed color. The nose blooms first with red cherry, ripe plum to dark raspberry with hints of anise seed and ending dusty suede. The palate is explosive, lush ripe fruits give way to supple tannin, layers of dark and bright berries with balanced acidity and firm yet restrained structure. The strong finish lingers of black tea and plum.
Selene Merlot 2013, Frediani Vineyard, Napa,CA$36
Winemaker, Mia Klein says, “I haven’t doted over a Merlot like this since the 2008. A winemaker’s pet, if you will.” Blackberry syrup, Black Forest cake, complete with dark chocolate, black cherries, and cream; also some caramel/molasses and buttery cinnamon toast. In the mouth there is very good impact and intensity; the wine is even-tempered, with balanced tannins and acid, and finishing with fine texture and length. 424 cases produced