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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolute epic wine is the 2013 Merlot, a blend of 95% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. It is no wimpy wine either, with the natural alcohol slightly north of 15%. A gorgeous nose including roasted espresso, melted black chocolate, blackberry, plum and cassis offers an exceptional set of aromatics. The wine has beautiful ripeness, headiness and a long finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a beauty of terrific purity, texture and personality. Few California Merlots will ever be capable of equaling this. Drink it over the next 2 ...Read More »
Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star & Good Value* Clean and nicely composed with an attractive nose of juicy red cherries backed up by a trim bit of creamy oak, this well-crafted offering earns the nod for its fine sense of balance, its steady, well-focused fruit and its youthfully tight, slightly claret-like construction. It shows more winemaking polish and depth than its modest price might lead one to expect, and it has all of the right pieces in place to improve for a good half-decade or more. It is, in short, a lot of wine for the money, and it ranks high on our list of excep ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Plump and supple, with red currant and rose petal aromas and elegantly complex flavors of black cherry, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2026. 14,100 cases made." (11/2016) K&L Notes: When you hear the name Rombauer you probably think of buttery, toasty Chardonnay, but did you know that the first wine made by Rombauer Vineyards was a Cabernet Sauvignon in 1980 and it's first Merlot in 1983? From the winery: "Merlot’s finest qualities emerge in cooler climates and clay soils, thus it is ideally suited for the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern e... Read More »
90-93 points Vinous: "Expressive floral and spice notes open up first in the 2014 Merlot. Fresh, nuanced and energetic in the style of the year, the 2014 is a highly representative wine for the vintage. The 2014 is not quite as generous as the 2013, but it offers a touch more vibrancy today, not to mention considerable potential. (AG)" (10/2015)
From the most noteworthy label of Napa Valley Merlot, Duckhorn turns in a great bottle from the triumphant 2013 vintage. Sourced from both Duckhorn's estate vineyards and some select growers around Napa, the wine includes a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to round it out and was aged in French oak (25% new) for 15 months before bottling. From the winemaker: "This gorgeous wine displays intense aromas of ripe cherry, followed by more nuanced elements of cedar, sweet spices, orange peel and cigar box. On the palate, layers of black raspberr... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This big, fat, juicy Merlot (15.1% alcohol) is luscious, pure and ripe. It has a dense ruby/purple color and is plump, not terribly complicated, but savory and fleshy. Drink it over the next 8-10 years. (RP)" (12/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker Jenny Wagner is the daughter of Caymus's Chuck Wagner, and has been working alongside him for years to learn the trade. Grapes for this Merlot were sourced from the cooler Oak Knoll appellation, with the goal of creating a well-balanced but rich and nuanced wine.
Wine Spectator: "Solidly built if slight in scale, with savory flavors of red currant, dusty dried herb and spice. Drink now through 2021. (TF)" (11/2016) K&L Notes: Duckhorn is an iconic Napa Valley estate for Merlot, and they make Decoy as their more value-priced bottling from Sonoma County fruit. A total of 14 vineyards were harvested under ideal conditions and the wine was aged in French oak (40% new) for 10 months before bottlng. The winemaker describes: "This lush and inviting Merlot displays flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and cassis, underscored by hints of sweet spi... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Merlot Thorn is essentially dominated by Merlot but has small quantities of Malbec and Syrah blended with it. This 4,000-case production cuvée is outstanding. Loads of chocolate, cedar wood, black cherry and mocha notes jump from the glass of this velvety textured, voluptuous and fleshy wine. (RP)" (10/2015) 91 points James Suckling: "This is soft and round with blackberry, walnut and currant aromas and flavors. Full body." (6/2016) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A firm structure combines with ripe, plush fruit to make a winning Merlot. Aromas of currant, espresso and grilled herb open to complex flavors f ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "92% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. Spicy, lightly herbal aromatics with back notes of blue and purple fruit. Flavours of cocoa and liqueur in a field of dried herbs. Quick burst of upfront flavour...ECB)" (6/2016) K&L Notes: Aromas of ripe blood plums and cherry intertwine with subtle notes of oak. This medium-bodied wine is soft and subtle on the palate with flavors of plums and cherries at the forefront, leading to a lifted, aromatic finish that displays a distinct freshness.
Connoisseurs Guide: "Medium-full-bodied and very much the tight and fairly unforthcoming youngster at the moment, this wine is more suggestion than realization, and the slight thinness at its heart raises more than a bit of a question about its future. Still, time is very much on its side, and its basic black cherry fruit and vanilla bean oak do offer reasons for hope. It should be set aside in a dark place for three to five years." (8/2016) K&L Notes: Jon and Susan Pey are talented, passionate vignerons with access to some incredible vineyard sources throughout Northern California. They... Read More »
This Merlot-dominated blend reminds us why Duckhorn earned its reputation as one of California's preeminent sources for Merlot. The 2013 vintage was evenly warm and harvest was early, which the winemaker called "the dream scenario for end-of-season ripening." The perfectly ripe fruit translates in the glass to rich black cherry and plum notes, with an interplay of cedar, cigar box and orange zest. This is delicious now but will cellar well.
This Merlot-dominated blend reminds us why Duckhorn earned its reputation as one of California's preminent sources for Merlot. The 2013 vintage had great weather and was perfect for making a rich, seamless, structured wine. Winemaker notes: "The 2013 growing season yielded a riveting expression of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot, with a rich entry and pure and polished flavors of cherry, cassis, pomegranate, and blackberry. On the palate, these gorgeous fruit elements mingle with complex layers of leather, wet river rock, eucalyptus and black tea. Warm earth... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, focused, multilayered and compelling, with coffee accented black cherry and floral flavors, hinting at apricot as the finish persists. Dances deftly. Drink now through 2022." (9/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One juicy, forward and quaffable beauty is the 2013 Merlot from the Columbia Valley. Medium to full-bodied, textured and straightforward, it gives up lots of juicy black fruits, herbs and earth on both the nose and palate. It’s not going to make old bones, but it will certainly offer plenty of pleasure over the coming 5-6 years. (JD)" (6/2016) Vinous: "Bright, full red. Aromas ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled but not released, the 2013 Serious Merlot is a step up over the 2012 and has lots of currants, plums and cassis fruit characteristics to go with chocolate, licorice and spice. Medium-bodied, supple, and rounded with an easy drinking texture, drink this charming Merlot over the coming 5-7 years. (JD)" (10/2015)
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Good Merlot can often seem workmanlike, this one satisfied to hit fragrant notes of ripe cherries with clarity. It’s not pushed, and though there’s oak present in the tannins, it frames the fruit well." (6/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Combining estate grapes with others from cooler Carneros, this wine offers a dried herb component and plenty of pencil and cedar. Tannic and oaky before airing, it’ll benefit from a decant." (9/2015)
Wine & Spirits: "Soft and simple, this wine’s brandied cherry flavors enrich the texture, making it feel sumptuous without being too sweet. It’s tightened up by the snap of fresh, slightly green tannins. For chopped sirloin burgers." (8/2016) K&L Notes: From the Winery: "2013 is considered one of the finest growing seasons ever in Napa Valley. We could not have asked for better with outstanding spring weather followed by an ideal summer and a harvest with grapes displaying a wonderful balance between ripeness and structure. The grapes were grown in the winery’s Estate Vineyard in Rut... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This wine is a standout, with seasoned, full-bodied layers of peppercorn, clove, cinnamon and jammy plum, balanced in weight and length, with just a hint of sanguine character. While it plays the savory card successfully, it dabbles judiciously in dark chocolate, too, finishing like a chocolate kiss. (VB)" (3/2016)
Deep and rich, this full-bodied Merlot displays notes of sun-dried cherries, dark chocolate, pepper and a hint of baking spice. Perfect alongside a plate of ribs or chicken and mole sauce.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a strong effort from Paloma that has made its reputation for ripe, sexy, full-bodied Merlots. This wine exhibits plenty of plum, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, mocha and coffee bean in a lush, delicious and opulently textured style. It is drinking beautifully already and will continue to evolve for another decade or more. (RP)" (10/2016) Wine Spectator: "Supple and sleek, with an elegant sense of complexity and accents of red currant, dark chocolate and mineral that linger. (TF, Web-2016)"
92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Merlot is plump and juicy, with plenty of dark red and bluish fruit. Sweet spice, lavender and rose petal open up in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. The Frog's Leap Merlot is not super complex, but it sure is delicious and impeccable in its balance. (AG)" (10/2015) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "There's a healthy 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc in this wine, which is classically structured in red fruit, soft oak and peppery spice. Its cedar notes speak to the Cab within, while the overall texture and breadth of the wine is lengthy, food-ready and impres ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This directly appealing, 100% varietal wine offers aromas of raspberries, cranberries, fresh tobacco and a touch of spice. The fruit flavors are lush and forward, with soft tannins and a finish that won't quit. (SS)" (11/2015) Vinous: "Aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, red cherry, tobacco and spices. Juicy, spicy and energetic in a slightly lean, green style, with red berry flavors complicated by a minty nuance and a touch of tartness. Finishes with a light dusting of tannins and moderate complexity... Unlike some of his neighbors, McClellan has lo ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Vinous: "Keenan's 2013 Merlot is powerful, intense and structured, especially for an entry-level offering. Leather, smoke, tobacco and anise are all pushed forward in a savory, complex Merlot that offers plenty of nuance as well as personality. Hints of menthol and sage add further notes of complexity. A serious Merlot, the 2013 has enough depth to drink well for a good handful of years. (AG)" (10/2015)
Wine Enthusiast: "An earthy, funky block-designated wine, this tastes thin despite its fuller-bodied alcohol level. A plethora of fresh-picked herb and forest characterizes this effort, which finishes in thick tannin." (3/2016)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby/plum/purple-colored 2012 Merlot possesses sweet black cherry and plum fruit, medium to full body, a lush texture, and impressive purity, length and overall personality. It is difficult to understand why Merlot still receives so much criticism given wines such as this. Enjoy this beauty over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (10/2014) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a rich, inviting wine with characteristics of dried cranberry and red currant, replete with dusty, spicy tannins and spicy, spiked vanilla. Lush, the tannins are soft and supple, a tad smoky, and the secondary el ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorites in the 2013 lineup is the 2013 Pedestal Merlot. Made by Michel Rolland and blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and smaller parts Malbec and Cabernet Franc, aged 22 months in 85% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by fabulous notes of plums, coffee beans, spice box and sweet oak in a full-bodied, decadent, ripe and expansive package. In general, Cabernet was more successful than Merlot in 2013, but you wouldn’t know it by tasting this beauty. Drink it anytime over the coming decade." (6/2016) 92 points Vinous: "(15.2% alcoho ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As for the 2013 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard, this is 95% estate Merlot and 5% estate Cabernet Franc. This shows beautiful fruit, medium to full body, more layers of concentration and interest than the basic Merlot. The wine has excellent purity, loads of black cherry and mocha notes, along with darker berry fruit. It’s full-bodied, ripe and pure and at the same time never loses its sense of elegance or equilibrium. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2015) 93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard, from Keenan's Spring Mountain estate vineyard ...Read More »
According to the winery: "This is a velvety wine with a complex nose of plum, blueberry pie, cedar and dark cocoa. A fleshy mouthfeel is followed by flavorful notes of black cherry, smoked caramel, espresso and toasty vanilla. With full, generous tannins that coat the palate, this wine has impressive length, lasting acidity and a soft, elegant finish."
The 2014 Bear Flat Merlot combines the berry fruits from a warm region with the savory notes of a cooler growing area. Aromas of plum, spice, and forest floor lead into flavors of cedar, herbs, and black olive. A sumptuous and plush, this merlot is ready to enjoy or will improve with a few years of cellaring.
90 points Wine & Spirits: "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings along some crisp tailoring. It’s a clean wine with stamina, coasting on soft cherry flavor, darkening to blueberry length. A simple pleasure." (10/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavors of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027." (11/2016)
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)"
Inventory: Redwood City
Wine Enthusiast: "Sourced from the winery’s estate vineyard, this bottling presents a compelling depth of earthiness, a stony, rocky sense that gives it a savory edge. Tobacco and tea surround ample plum and blueberry. The wine is approachable and soft, with tiny percentages of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. (VB)" (9/2015)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine comes from an assortment of top sites across the Columbia Valley and it shows. Aromas of dried herbs, pencil lead, toasty spice and blue and red fruit lead to sweet, rich and appealing flavors. There's intensity but also a good sense of acid and chalky tannic structure backing things up, along with undeniable deliciousness. (SS)" (7/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, focused and dense, with green olive—accented black fruit flavors, finishing with licorice and fine-grained tannins galore. This has depth and length. (HS)" (10/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Plum and black cherry fruit, soft and chu ...Read More »
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)
93 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully focused and elegant, yet complex, showing vivid black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas, with richly layered currant, herb and spice flavors that finish with ripe but firm tannins." (4/2009) 92 points James Suckling: "A softer and friendlier Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense nose of blackberries, mushrooms, and cedar. Full body, with soft tannins and a long finish. Rich and round. Very yummy already." (2/2011) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for a soft, richly fruity, mocha and coffee-infused wine with oodles of berry fruit should check out the 2006 Merlot Blue Line. This wine is hedonistic and ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reviewed last year under the K Vintners label, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Northridge is a serious effort that’s reminiscent of a top flight Pomerol. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as ample black currants, plums, wet clay and earth in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated, layered package that’s already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well over the following 10-15 years. (JD)" (6/2016) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Brooding aromas of blackberry seed, black currant and licorice are follow ...Read More »
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This is 100% varietal, from the Loess, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. A deep, intense take on Merlot, it’s so dark and concentrated that it dances on the )edge of bitterness, but in a style reminiscent of the finest Italian Merlots, that use that flavor to define and elucidate a dark and potent wine. In the mouth it fills out with luscious cherry and plum and blackberry fruit, baking chocolate, coconut and nougat. Yet it remains sleek and stylish, with a strong licorice note." (8/2010) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Merlot (100%) ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* This fat and full-bodied Merlot shows the same emphatic imprint of ripeness that marks the two Lewis Syrahs in this issue, and, if not a wine much concerned with subtlety or nuance, it will win admirers of no-holds-barred richness. It deserves a good deal of credit for not abandoning its varietally true, black cherry fruit in the face of so much chocolate and sweet oak, and, even if a little too hot and more gruffly tannic than it needs to be, it is a wine of grand proportion and serious depth." (11/2016) K&L Notes: A scant 175 cases of this voluptuous bea... Read More »
About the winery from Antonio Galloni: "Every time I go to Mayacamas there is something new to see. The redevelopment of this historic estate proceeds at what looks like a very rapid pace, even if it will be many years before the results of the work being done today shows up in the wines... The new team headed by viticulturist Phil Coturri and winemaker Andy Erickson is doing important work in redeveloping the vineyard while keeping the healthier existing vines in production for as long as possible." (10/2015) From the winemaker: "Just a few hundred case... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A real mouthful of richness and flavor, with layers of spice, chocolate, currant, plum and black cherry. Smooth and polished, the tannins are supple and well integrated, and the flavors extend into a long, complex finish." (7/1992) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The two new releases, the 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 1990 Merlot, are authoritatively flavored wines that are bursting with personality and complexity. The 1990 Merlot offers up a gorgeously perfumed nose of sweet, ripe fruit, olives, and vanillin. The palate displays lavish quantities of ripe, rich, chocolatey, and cassis ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Smooth and palate-coating, it’s 100% varietal, with just the right balance between blackberry and black cherry fruit, and barrel-induced flavors of toffee, toasted macadamia nuts, and café crème." (7/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and supple, with ripe flavors of red berry and dark cherry. Almost syrupy in intensity, this is balanced with mineral nuances and buffed to a sheen on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (11/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Pleasantly juicy, blackberry fruit. Slightly smoky on the finish. Well made, easy-going, liquorice and Worcestershire sauce on the fi ...Read More »
91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Duckhorn has long had the knack for making well-ripened, very solid Merlots that are far more than affable quaffers, and, if not without a certain fruity appeal at the moment, this one exhibits the vitality, structure and depth of a wine meant for keeping. It is moderately tannic and just rough enough on the back end to dissuade hasty drinking, but at the finish, just as at every stop along its vigorous, well-focused flavors, deep and decisive, black-cherry fruit is its governing message and will continue to be for a good many years to come." (4/2016) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bene ...Read More »
2010-2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot Tasting Lot
Bid on this 6-bottle 2010-2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot Tasting Lot, including 2-bottles of 2010 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (95WE, 93RP, 93WS, 91ST), 2-bottles of 2011 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (93RP, 93ST, 93WE, 91WS), and 2-bottles of 2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (94RP, 94WE, 93WS, 91VN). Of the 2010 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot,Wine Enthusiast writes: " *Cellar Selection* A classic take on Merlot--this is 100% varietal, and was aged for 15 months in new and neutral French oak barrels and botti. The flavors move through strawberry, raspberry and Bing cherry, with great breadth of flavor and texture throughout. The midpalate is concentrated and full, with a fine, lingering, superclean finish. (PG)" (09/2012)
This lot contains the following items:
2010 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (qty: 2)
2011 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (qty: 2)
2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (qty: 2)
End Date: Mar 2 2017 12:00PM PT
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 »
Inventory: Redwood City
Praise from Robert Parker: "Hall has quickly become one of the great superstars in the Napa Valley firmament." (12/2015) Tasting notes from the winery: "Deep garnet in color, this wine starts with a beautiful voluminous entry of cascading red fruit and a soft, lush texture. A pretty, floral, fruit-driven wine with aromas of rose petal, very ripe raspberry, milk chocolate, burning embers and vanilla. A serious Merlot-drinker's wine ideal for everyday celebrations. Still in its youth, decanting is recommended one hour prior to drinking."
Inventory: Main Warehouse
The Hawke's Butte Vineyard is located on a series of benches and hillsides at the base of Hawks Butte in Mendocino county, at an elevation of approximately 1200 feet above sea level, thirty five miles from the Pacific ocean. Hot summer days and cool nights, tempered by coastal breezes combine with the land's rocky, high-draining soils to produce low yields of intense, structured Merlot.
90 points Wine Spectator: "Bold aromas of black currant and espresso lead to dense, rich flavors of black raspberry, mocha and spicy cedar. Drink now through 2020. (TF)" (9/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "A mushroomy underbelly lies beneath a layer of leather and graphite, making for a tight, dry wine with sizable tannin structure. Powerfully concentrated, this wine holds 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and is not for the faint of heart. (VB)" (12/2015)
90-93 points Robert Parker: "Exotic, in-your-face, and nearly over the top is the dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 Merlot Alder Springs Vineyard. Notions of mocha, blueberries, blackberries, cherry liqueur, chocolate, and espresso are found in this sweet (high glycerin), heady, full-bodied Merlot with a heady, hedonistic, blockbuster finish. It can be consumed now and over the next 7-10 years." (02/05)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Merlot is deep crimson-colored with alluring aromas of pain grille, spice box, cranberry, red currant, and black currant. This leads to an opulent Merlot with gobs of spicy red and black fruits, silky tannins that will support 4-6 years of further evolution, superb balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will provide prime-time drinking from 2012 to 2025. Quilceda Creek Vintners remains a model of consistency. In the outstanding 2005 vintage, Quilceda Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon remains the benchmark for what can be achieved in Washington ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse