2004 Sawyer Cellars Merlot

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Community Tasting Notes (32) Avg Score: 89.9 points

  • Brought to blind tasting of Merlots & Cabs. Also brought an '06 Havens Merlot and tasting them side x side I got very similar nose and palate sensations...Great! (and I don't usually like Merlot). Very nice nose of dark fruit and earth, with velvety fruit on the palate. Nothing has changed my mind on this wine since I last tasted it 3 months ago. It is still a killer QPR for $16 delivered!

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  • Same as 1/4/2014: nice dark, sweet fruit, some dusty, earthy characteristics . Totally balanced acidity, with the right amount of tannins. Great QPR!

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  • Very nice nose of dark fruit and earth, with velvety fruit on the palate. Nothing has changed my mind on this wine since I last tasted it 7 months ago. It is still a killer QPR for $16 delivered!

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  • Pretty good QPR, but nothing special here. Tasted blind I would have described it as "red" (i.e., nothing in the profile delineates it as anything in particular, especially Merlot). Tannins fully resolved. Might last a few more years, but not likely to get any better. Good burger quaff.

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  • Same notes as 7/14/2013 - really nice dark, sweet fruit, some dusty, earthy characteristics . Totally balanced acidity, with the right amount of tannins.

    I want to see how this evolves over the next 1 - 2 years. I believe it could earn an extra point or two with just a little more age.

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  • Same notes as 12/3 except opened 2 hours before dinner. Accompanied rare rack of lamb very nicely.

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  • As on July 14, Delightful DARK fruit on the nose, soft, fruity mouthfeel with a long finish, even at P&P (but better after 30 minutes of air w/dinner of a rare NY strip.

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  • Solid wine. Deep, dark red color. Black fruits, tart on the nose. Supportive taste with solid tannins. Good finish. Went well with grilled t-bone stake. Good value.

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  • At this age it needed decanting for a hour or two. Lots of sediment.
    But then it was a great wine with fruit forward.

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  • This wine is right on the cliff, and drinking very well - just about as pop and pour ready as you can get, although it did take about 10-15 minutes to get some of the stinkiness out. Once ready, it was delicious, moreso with food than without. This wine is taking a darker turn into the earthy bramble, tar, and these are exactly the notes that hit you both on the nose and initial entry. There is a chalky residue right up front, and even darker notes in the middle. There is some good expressive fruit in this one right as the mid-palate reaches the finish, but there is still just enough toasted oak on the finish that rights the wine back into the fruity yet aged side and helps it to finish strong. I'll admit after reviewing two other bottles with some rather significant differences - this wine is not my style. But there was something about it that made me keep drinking it and something that made me buy it there at the vineyard. You can keep going with this one probably another couple of years, but if you have a lot of this, start making plans on what to do with it.

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  • really nice dark, sweet fruit, some dusty, earthy characteristics . Totally balanced acidity, with the right amount of tannins (just slightly drying) for what is not a Cali fruit bomb but does have some fruit forward notes.

    great QPR at approximately $16

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  • Opened, decanted thru Vinturi for an hour+ then re-bottled for blind tasting. Air helped this wine improve from my 2/26/13 notes. Delightful DARK fruit on the nose, soft, fruity mouthfeel with a long finish. Some participants thought it was Napa, but most thought it was a right bank Bordeaux, despite that not being the theme of the tasting. Glad I bought a second case.

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  • We've been drinking these up but they do not seem to be aging out of the drinking window. Still very good and likely to go at least a couple more years. Great QPR for us.

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  • All these wines from Rutherford seem to be overloaded with black fruit and currant. Frankly, I think they taste young right now. The wine is dark and pretty intense with a lot of black fruit and currant. I have one bottle left, and I might hold onto it for a few more years.

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  • Not much has changed with this. Enjoyed with pulled pork tacos. The earthiness of this wine was very much enjoyed with the earthy nature of the pulled pork. This wine was a perfect complement with the dark earthy tones sort of "filling in" some of the "gaps", but the wine did seem to thin out quite a bit towards the finish even though it had a considerable black pepper spice finish. The last one I have is going to be held....hopefully....although that's what I said about this one.

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  • Not quite as nice as the prior bottle. More subtle nose and muted flavors. Still, very nice.

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  • Served at dinner party, no formal note taken - but was very similar to my note from 3/1/13 - nice wine.

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  • decent merlot. not a lot going on but a smooth finish. easy drinking. good value for under $20. drink now.

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  • Past its prime? Seriously? Couldn't disagree more. I don't think this one is on the rise, and DEFINITELY not past its prime. This one is RIGHT at the top of the drinking window right now, and drinking beautifully. This wine is a little earthy yet still keeps its rather sleek backbone. The nose is dark chocolate, fig, earth, and a little crude. The palate is consistent with some fig, a dash of barely ripe plum and some tobacco. The mid-palate is where it turned darker with some chocolate, a nice earthy grit, and then mellowed back to a dry toasted oak chocolate caramel rollo finish with an alcoholic heat that crept up the nasal passages and was spicy. Very pleasing wine, and held its own over 3 hours. If cellared correctly, I feel this one still has 2-3 years left, but probably will start heading slowly down the hill over the course of this year.

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  • Balanced and gorgeous! Beautiful nose of berries, cherries, & tobacco. The palate was a bowl of mixed berries, cherries, and currants. It delivers a velvety mouth feel and enough acidity to balance the fruit. Killer QPR.

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  • This wine was absolutely awesome on the nose as soon as I opened it. It seems to be at the end of its peak and going downhill. I did aerate it with a Venturi after reading all of the other CT ratings, but it just never opened up and showed its potential character, even after several more hours. I liked it for the price and I am glad I have more, but I would most likely not bring it out of the cellar for a sharing with a group.

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  • Good but a little past its prime.

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  • A bit tannic on the pop, but quickly settles into a very nice place

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  • Popped 1 hour before first pour, consumed over 3 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, plum, blueberry, black berry, earth, tobacco, and spice. Palate: Medium full bodied, ripe dark fruit - plum - attack, a little spice and acidic kick mid-palate. Finish: Medium plus length sense of spicy dark fruit. Was quite muted the first couple hours though it opened up nicely during the 3rd and 4th hours. For the $16 tariff from Last Bottle this was a great QPR.

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  • Gave just an hour or so in the decanter. Rich cherry/ruby red in the glass. Nose is of damp stone and pavement. Some tarry notes, dusty attic on a rainy day, slight funk as if from an oily hard cheese. The palate bursts with bright berries, dark herbs and a full mouth feel. Stable pronounced tannin as well. The wine is lively on the tongue and finishes nicely. Fantastic QPR. PJG: 91

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  • Arrived by FedEx today,decided to open one based upon CT reviews. Even with no travel shock recover from Napa to FL trip. Great nose of berries, cherries, & smoke. After 3-4 minutes of swirling and loving the developing nose, the surprise was on our palates: very fruity, velvety mouth feel all the way thru the fairly long finish, reminiscent of some 12 year old Havens Merlot I had on New Years eve. Remarkable buy at $16. Gassed and corked, finished bottle on 3/1, and my opinions have changed: even better for the last glass. Bought another case when lastbottle offered it 3/1 PM. 91-92.

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  • This keeps getting better. About as big a Merlot as you encounter and the deep cherry combined with just about perfect tannin balance makes it one to go back to. Hope the new owners of Sawyer keep producing this one.

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  • Heck yes. Better as a second wine. Drank with steak and loved. Must save a bottle.

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  • Really gorgeous. This is my favorite wine from Sawyer. Just went there on a trip, tasted at a number of other vineyards and joined their memberships. Sawyer was a near miss. They did have a deal on half bottles, though, so I bought a case of this wine. Very happy about the decision now I am opening the first. The Merlot was the nicest wine we tasted. Thick and intense, with plenty of well integrated oak. The tannins provide structure without detracting from the full, fruity finish. Highly recommended. 95+ points.

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  • Solid Merlot with good fruit, tannins and full bodied finish.

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  • This is my favorite wine from Sawyer. I have been visiting and tasting there since 1995, and always gravitate towards their Merlot. It has thick and intense dark cherry and blackberry fruit, yet it is soft and feminine on the palate. There is plenty of French oak, but it integrates seamlessly. The alcohol just enhances everything. Medium bodied. Nice ripeness. Silky tannins. Lip smacking, fruity, red licorice finish.

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  • 2008 Loyola Marymount Wine Classic: Good meaty nose; Solid fruit; Grippy; Stiff tannins

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