Category Archives: Merlot

2002 Tenuta dell Ornellaia Messeto

Dark garnet color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, figs and black currants, bittersweet chocolate, chalky earth, tobacco, layered, complex beyond expression, with lots of earth and a nice oak component. On the palate, dry, seamless, medium+ body, medium tannin, medium acidity, serious balance, serious beauty, with ridiculous depth, and complexity that made me wish I made enough money to enjoy treats like this all the time!

1997 Andrew Will Klipsun Vineyard Merlot

This was a real treat that the Sommelier brought out the other night at a Earshot Jazz Festival show at the Triple Door. Ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, sour cherry fruit, loaded with spices, bark, cedar, anise, layered, with moderate oak, and a distinct chalky earth component. On the palate, dry, medium…Continue Reading

1998 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley

This was poured from magnum. Brownish ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, cedar, bell pepper, tobacco, dill, leather, spice, with bits of plum and cherry tucked in the back, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, nice balance, and very good structure still. This drinks…Continue Reading

2007 L’Ecole No 41 Merlot Columbia Valley

Purple to garnet in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherries, plums, cedar, cocoa, pretty flowery component, with no earth to speak to, and nicely balanced oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannins, medium acidity, rich and velvety texture, opulent dark fruit, layered spices, with good length to the finish. Very good…Continue Reading

2003 Apex Merlot Yakima Valley

Nice garnet color with brown edges. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, fig, cherry, plum, cedar, bitter sweet chocolate, leather, bark, not earthy or oaky, but loaded with layers. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, beautiful fig and cherry fruit leather, layered with spice and cedar, great balance, with an above…Continue Reading