Posts Tagged Merlot

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

This red displays an opaque crimson in the glass, lightening at the rim. Forthright scents of crushed blackberries, mulberries, plum, and currant are joined by notes of dried violets, wet tobacco leaf, and white pepper. It is medium-full in the... Read more

2015 Wakefield Estate Merlot, Clare Valley, Australia

The wine is an intense opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Lifted scents of red raspberry and red cherry Kool-Aid join whiffs of violets, savory herbs, vanilla, and oak spice. Noticeable medium-grained tannins and cocoa powder dominate the palate,... Read more

These Snakes Won’t Bite: The Return of Diamondback Vineyards

By Bob Johnson Diamondback is back. John Quinones introduced Diamondback with the 1999 vintage, and kept the label going for three additional vintages. Being a full-time winemaker left little time for his own project, however, so Quinones... Read more

2012 Diamondback Vineyards Merlot, Rogue Valley

Bigger than most California Merlots, this wine is alluring from its aroma (cherries, blackberries) to its flavors (currants, more berries and cherries) to its finish (vanilla, mocha and still more fruit). MSRP: $75 (August 2016) Wine Lines... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Merlot, California

Nearly opaque dark garnet hue. The bright nose shows ample fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit, with shadings of oak spice and vanilla. It sports a medium body. After mid-palate, drying tannins pop up that lead to a juicy finish. This is a simple,... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

Soft and delicate, this is what many wine drinkers expect when they open a bottle of Merlot and pour it into their glasses. Blueberry, black cherry and mild blackberry are the fruit flavors, which are joined by a hint of spice. For a satisfying... Read more

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Bench Vineyards’ Merlot, Dry Creek Valley

This wine has an inviting nose of dark flower perfume, vanilla, clove, fleshy black and red fruits, and a sense of volcanic minerality. More one-dimensional in the mouth, a black licorice impression emerges and carries through to the finish, joined... Read more

2006 Godwin Merlot, Sonoma Valley

One of the best things about the beginning of a new year is searching the local wine retailers for quality wines bought on closeout deals. I have had good luck here in my home town of Las Vegas. Often, these wines have a bit of age on them... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek has been making one of Sonoma County’s most reliable Merlot bottlings for four decades, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling most of them. Although the 2012 growing season was cool in comparison to the nearly perfect 2013... Read more