Merlot is the most widely planted red grape in Bordeaux and is responsible for some of the greatest Right Bank Bordeaux wines like Petrus, Ausone, and Cheval Blanc. Merlot is often described as soft and velvety, but it can actually display moderate amounts of tannin and sometimes high alcohol. Merlot can be challenging to grow because it ripens early and buds early. It rewards considerable attention in the vineyard and grows well on the Right Bank in Bordeaux, Washington State, California and Chile. Taste: Blueberry, mint, cigar box, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, plum, coffee, spice.
"90 pts WA - The outstanding 2012 Merlot is composed of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in 40% new French oak. There are 5,350 cases. It exhibits a classic Merlot bouquet of coffee beans, white chocolate, mocha, black cherries and plums. This lush, heady, sexy, medium to full-bodied Merlot can be consumed over the next 7-8 years."
"Organically Grown! Rich cherry and currant aromas with hints of cola , berry, oak-spice, and vanilla. In the mouth, balance & softness are apparent, yet with ripe tannins, rich cherry & currant flavors are highlighted."
"90 Points Wine Enthusiast This Merlot is round, soft and mellow, with ripe, luscious flavors of cherry pie, mocha, honey and toasty oak, along with a hint of spice. Considering the large production of 36,000 cases and the price, it's quite an achievement."
"A waft of Nilla Wafer opens the bouquet of this light, well-composed wine, followed by fruity notes of lemon and orange, a floral component at its core. Zingy, it remains balanced in the glass, lightweight with plenty of fruit."
"This is a well-made, larger-production offering of the variety that's appealingly round, soft and juicy, with a luxuriousness to the texture on the palate, generously surrounded in a big-bodied style of black cherry and vanilla."
"The Merlot opens with lush, red fruit aromas followed by intense flavors of plums and black cherries. Smoky and vanilla oak nuances are paired with soft tannins leading to a smooth, concentrated finish. This wine pairs well with braised lamb shank, porktenderloin and beef and chicken fajitas."
"Medium-bodied, silky Merlot with plum and mocha notes, soft tannins and a balanced, luscious finish."
"This wine shows a ruby red color with delicate aromas of red berries, plum and touches of herbs and earth. The palate is medium bodied with smooth tannins that provide a round, elegant finish."
"90pts. Wine Spectator- A lush and spicy style, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum and dried raspberry that are creamy and rich-tasting. Milk chocolate and loads of Asian spice details fill in on the finish, revealing some savory touches. Drink now through 2019."
"It's a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The touch of Cabernet Franc enhances the berry flavors while keeping the tannins elegant and the mouthfeel balanced.This is an incredibly enjoyable Merlot delivering a classic California fruit forwardness with a sophisticated and well-layered character not found in wine at this price."