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2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot Top Pick!
2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Serious Merlot is actually pretty darn serious. Aged nine months in 100% new French oak, this medium to full-bodied effort has high-class notes of creme de cassis, red plums, spice box, espresso and tobacco leaf, as well as good concentration, firm tannin and a clean finish. There's 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend and it needs a year or two to let some of this oak integrate, but it should have a decade of longevity. (JD)" (10/2016) K&L Notes: The 2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot is one of the most perfect $50 bottles of Californ... Read More » 


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2014 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Plush and rich-tasting, with finely interwoven flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and blackberry that are accented by cocoa powder notes. Asian spice accents fill the lush finish. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (11/2017) Connoisseurs Guide: "Very much centered on Merlot’s affable, red cherry fruit from the very first sniff and gaining volume and richness as it goes, this well-focused, moderately full-bodied effort gets high marks for its balance and careful making and is a very professional look at the grape. It is firmed by nominal tannins yet is not at all difficult to enjoy n ...Read More » 


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WS 92



2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ml)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tart black cherry meets plum, strawberry and clove, while softened tannins belie the wine’s overall density and sense of generosity. A smoky waft of cigar amplifies the power and sinewy nature of the fullbodied wine, which is ready to lie down for a rest. Enjoy best 2020 through 2024. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (6/2017) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Shafer also makes one of the better Merlots. The 2014 Merlot includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a beauty. Mocha and chocolaty notes intermixed with red cherry, plum and blacker fruits jump from the glass of this perfumed and fragrant styl ...Read More » 


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2014 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Vinous: "Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later given its mid-weight structure. (AG)" (12/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Merlot from Napa is a delicious, solidly constructed 100% Merlot that sells for a reasonable price. Chinese black tea, black cherry, mocha and some underbrush are all found in this medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, complex Merlot to drink over the ...Read More » 


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VN 92


2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

97 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold." (1/2017) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Merlot is a blend of 94.5% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has a dense purple color, although not as saturated as the 2015 or 2013, with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression ...Read More » 


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2013 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted two Merlots from Freemark Abbey. The 2013 Merlot Napa, which comes from multiple sources, is their biggest cuvée (89.1% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec aged almost 16 months in oak). A deep ruby color, with notes of mocha, white chocolate, black cherry and dried herbs, the wine is medium-bodied, shows loads of supple, lush fruit, easygoing soft tannin and a round juiciness. Isn’t this exactly what buyers of Merlot are looking for? (RP)" (12/2015)  


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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

92 points Vinous: "Ridge's 2014 Merlot Estate possesses notable purity of fruit, brilliant aromatic presence and fabulous balance. Pliant, open-knit and super-expressive, Ridge's Merlot is a terrific choice for readers who are just starting to get to know the Ridge wines, as it can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. What a joy it is to taste the 2014 today. Sadly, there will be no 2015, as yields were punishingly low. (AG)" (8/2017) 91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also inky colored, the 2014 Merlot Estate (100% Merlot) offers lots of ripe black cherry, white chocolate, espresso roast, and licorice in a sup ...Read More » 


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VN 92 JD 91

2015 Plumpjack Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Merlot is gorgeous. Soft, open-knit and radiant, the 2015 is all class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, mocha and espresso resonate beautifully in this lush Merlot that will provide immense pleasure pretty much upon release. Expressive aromatics complement the wine's textural resonance and enveloping personality beautifully. This luscious, bold Merlot is first class all the way. (AG)" (3/2018)  


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VN 93




2007 Paloma Spring Mountain District Merlot

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* Deeply fruited, impressively filled with a very keen sense of dark, well-ripened cherries that indelibly marks it as Merlot, Paloma's latest is an especially well-balanced working that is at once very rich, refined and remarkably polished. It does show a streak of fine-grained finishing tannins, but there is nothing so coarse as to raise any worries, and the wine's fruit eases its way past a bit of last-minute astringency. As good Merlot will, this one might tempt early drinking, but it has a long life before it and should evolve for years to ...Read More » 


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CG 91 RP 91


2014 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Spectator: "Dark and tangy, with an earthy bite to the juicy blackberry flavors on a medium frame, finishing with savory intensity and firm tannins. Best after 2018. (HS, Web-2016)"  


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2014 Keenan "Mailbox Vineyard Reserve" Spring Mountain District Merlot

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard has traditionally been one of the top Merlots made in Northern California. Beautiful deep black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some spice box and earth jump from the glass of this dense ruby/plum colored wine. It is rich, medium to full-bodied, pure, textured and serious. This is a beauty to drink over the next 12-15 years." 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard has traditionally been one of the top Merlots made in Northern California. Beautiful deep black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some spice box and ...Read More » 


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VN 94 RP 93


2015 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (Previously $100)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Along with DeLille, Leonetti's Merlot is always a contender for the Merlot of the vintage. The 2015 Walla Walla Merlot sports a vibrant purple color to go with gorgeously fresh notes of red plum, black cherries intermixed with notes of graphite and spring flowers. Supple, polished and fruit-forward, with light tannin and good concentration, it's already hard to resist and made in a forward, delicious style. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (6/2017) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-structured and polished, with expressive red currant and orange zest aromas that o ...Read More » 


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RP 93 WS 93

2013 Darioush "Signature" Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* Big, bold and powerful as is the wont of Darioush Merlots with sweet oak and dense, dark cherry fruit to spare, this fully ripe and impressively stuffed working will find no complaints for lack of volume or richness. It is pushed to the limits without stepping over the line, and its unabashed succulence is tempered by lots of tightening back-palate tannins that guarantee very positive, long-term growth. A minimum investment of a half-decade is clearly called for here, and it is guaranteed to handsomely repay ten years or more." (11/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 20 ...Read More » 


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2014 Ehlers Estate St. Helena Merlot

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This producer makes a perennial standout of the variety. It is subdued and elegant in its approach to the lengthy layered weight and the integrated fruit. Plum, cedar and black licorice form a core of flavor over soft supple tannin and peppery oak, ending in a burst of spice and leather. (VB)" (10/2017) K&L Notes: Founded by Gold Rush merchant Bernard Ehlers in the 1880s, Ehlers Estate is now owned by the Leducq Foundation, established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq to support cardiovascular research. The 42-acre estate that surrounds the winery is CCOF certified organi... Read More » 


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WE 90



2004 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unlike the majority of Merlots in the marketplace, Switchback Ridge’s 2004 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard is the real deal. Wonderful scents of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, black cherries, and plums soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored offering. Opulent, full-bodied, and chewy with sensational texture and purity, it is a fleshy, succulent Merlot. (RP)" (12/2006) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and deeply structured, with blackberry, toasty oak and spice aromas leading to ripe, dense black cherry and mocha notes that take on complexity and focus toward the firm ...Read More » 


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RP 92 WS 92

2015 Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot

Jenny Wagner, youngest child of Chuck Wagner (of Caymus fame), is the winemaker at Emmolo, which is named after her mother Cheryl Emmolo. The Emmolo family too has a long history in Napa Valley. Great-grandfather Salvatore Emmolo started a grape rootstock nursery in Napa in 1923. His son Frank took over the nursery and planted Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot on the family property. Hence the two grape varietals grown and made by Emmolo. The 2015 growing season was dry and warm. Thanks to California's drought, yields were quite low, but this translated into co... Read More » 


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1999 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is one of the most beautiful Merlot's of the vintage. It's hard to describe the depth of aroma and flavor. Blackberry and cassis, violets and a lush overlay of smoky oak doesn't do it justice. Sumptuous, complex tannins and a brilliant, velvety texture and an unending finish also suggest the real deal. Delicious." (12/2001) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Outstanding. Serves up a generous, juicy core of ripe plum, raspberry, wild berry plus touches of chocolate, coffee and cedar, finishing with a smooth texture, the right amount of tannin and a dash of herb. (JL)" (9/2001) K&L Notes: Gaining com... Read More » 


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WE 91 WS 90

2000 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth-textured, with polished currant, mocha, cranberry and cherry, plus touches of tobacco, coffee and spice. A bit tough-edged with tannin, but certainly not out of line for a young wine. Best from 2003 through 2009." (09/02) According to Robert Parker: "The 2000 Merlot is charming, revealing notes of black cherries and strawberry liqueur in its moderately deep, fruity personality. While it does not have as much depth as the 1999, it will drink well upon release, and last for 7-8 years." (08/02) 


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WS 92

1997 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Winemaker Elias Fernandez has created a beauty with this blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's round and rich, with juicy black-cherry fruit. The finish is long and luscious, with soft tannins and lingering layers of flavor." (12/1999) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There is good availability (10,000 cases produced) of the outstanding 1997 Merlot (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon). It exhibits copious quantities of cedar, coffee, plum, and black cherry/cassis fruit. The texture is fleshy and open-knit, with gobs of ripeness. D ...Read More » 


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WE 91 RP 90

2009 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Merlot is a bigger, richer wine than the 2010, but it doesn't have that wine's finesse or vibrancy. Still, there is an immediacy and a juiciness in the 2009 that is highly appealing. Hints of sweet tobacco, crushed flowers and incense are layered into the expressive finish. The tannins remain a bit rough and polished within the context of the estate's finest wines. The Merlot is made from a combination of Spring Mountain and Carneros Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." (12/2012) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Dark in tone, this is a plump, juicy merlot, its texture enrich ...Read More » 


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RP 91 W&S 90

1994 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Wine Spectator: "Well oaked, with firm black cherry, herb, plum and anise flavors that are tightly focused, long and concentrated on the finish.--California Merlot retrospective." (10/00) 


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WS 90

2014 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2014 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot (95WS, 94WE). Wine Spectator: "*2017 Wine of the Year* A powerful red, with concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and boysenberry that are layered with plenty of rich spice and mineral accents. Touches of slate and cardamom make for a complex finish. Drink now through 2023. (KM)" (11/2017) 

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2014 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot (qty: 2)


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WS 95 WE 94

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2015 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Merlot Blueline Estate gives pretty red and black cherry notes with a compelling spiciness in the undercurrent plus hints of potpourri and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with rounded tannins and just enough freshness, if finishes on an earthy note. (LPB)" (10/2017) 90 points Vinous: "The 2015 Merlot Blueline is a forward, juicy wine. Succulent red cherry and plum fruit give this forward juicy Merlot much of its immediacy. Drink it over the next handful of years. (AG)" (3/2018)  


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RP 91 VN 90

2004 Blankiet "Paradise Hills Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a stunning Merlot, impossibly rich. Saturated and opaque in color, it tastes fat and flashy, with masses of cherry and blackberry jam, anise, chocolate and Provençal herb flavors. Yet this opulently soft wine has a classic structure, backed up with firm tannins. This is a profound Merlot." (3/2007) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate offers a big, sweet kiss of cassis, kirsch, spice and spring flowers. Rich, medium to full-bodied and seemingly close to full maturity, it is easily capable of lasting 10-15+ years. The aromatics smell just like a gr ...Read More » 


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1998 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Merlot is light, but it is undoubtedly one of the finest Merlots produced in this irregular vintage. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (1,750 cases), Jayson Pahlmeyer and winemaker Erin Green decided to eliminate 38% of the wine. Full-bodied, thick, and juicy, with low acidity as well as melted chocolate, cherry, smoke, and toast aromas and flavors ... (RP)" (12/2000) Wine Spectator: "Firm, with rich coffee- and leather-scented black cherry, currant, mineral, anise and sage notes that gain tannic weight on the finish. A little rough around the edges now, ...Read More » 


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RP 90

1992 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

84% merlot, 12% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc. Color and clarity: Deep garnet; bouquet and aroma: Smoked meat, bacon, toasty oak, with raspberries, cherry and plum with a hint of coconut and vanilla; flavor and mouthfeel: Somewhat unresolved with a fair amount of alcohol not yet integrated; ripe berry flavors with chocolate and white pepper; drinkability and ageability: Needs to age for 2-3 years; will hold for 7-10 years. 


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2011 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep ruby/purple-colored 2011 Merlot Blue Line offers lots of plum and sweet cherry notes, and no hints of herbaceousness or hollowness. It is a strong effort for this vintage, and should drink nicely for another 5-7 years. All three 2011 Blue Line cuvees looked to be lush, ripe, gorgeously fruity, pure wines with dense ruby/purple colors, lots of body and glycerin, and, surprisingly, normal alcohol levels. This appears to be a terrific vintage at Hourglass, but even at one year of age, these wines are still dominated by sensational levels of fruit. ...Read More » 


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RP 90

1998 Duckhorn Napa Merlot (375ml)

According to the WIne Spectator: "Lean and tight, with a trim band of chocolate, berry and cedar, picking up a spicy...flavor on the finish. Drink now through 2004." (03/01) 


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