Deep garnet in color, the edges show the wine's age. Has started to develop a bit of old world funk on the nose, but is dominated by cedar, cocoa, and licorice with hints of plum still present. Palate is reflective of the nose, but comes off a bit hot. Tannins have completely mellowed out - this wine finishes smooth and supple, but with heat that seems out of balance. Not sure if this bottle has started to turn, but this wine is still a good drink for a smoother wine with a bit of old world elegance. Don't wait any more on this one.
Opened and allowed to breathe for 1h. Musty, berry nose, with alcohol. On the palate, red fruit (cherry mostly), with muted oak in the background. Tannins and acid are nicely balanced. Nice but not overly complex. A solid showing for burger night.
- Garnet color - Classic, good quality stags leap merlot. Makes you wish so much merlot was not ripped out over last 2 decades. Strong, pronounced, pretty berry fruit, solid tannin structure without interfering with acid and balance.
Decanted for half an hour. Nice, deep, ruby color. Tight nose, cherry and hint of mushroom and soil. Palate: Cherry, blackberry and hint of prune, bitter/sweet with hint of chocolate, mushroom and soil, medium acidity, firm tannins, low-medium finish. Would have given it a higher score if the nose was not so muted.
This was a solid '90', very nice Napa Merlot - Dark brick red, full bodied with a nose of plum, cherry, cedar, spice and vanilla, nicely structured, quite elegant, smooth on the palate with excellent length, nice! (90 Points).
Young and full on. Maybe some decanting is needed here but not sure how much will it help. Dark in colour. Nose is full on the dark fruit, oak notes, mocha. On the palate there is heat to begin which mellows out with some food but overall stays a bit harsh and is more of a name than a wine. 85 ish
Two hours in the decanter before being served. Purple-ruby on the glass. Black cherries, dark mocha, and a herbal component on the nose. A bit subdued of plums, black cherries, and a hint of dark fruits on the palate. Some tannins noticeable. Medium finish. I'll hold on to my other bottles for a while.
Java,mocha,prune,currant,baked blackberry, pie crust dusty mineral , white pepper,fennel, and vanilla in the nose. The palate showcases the mineral and fresh blackberry aspects which last well into the finish. Very schizophrenic in nature this huge tannic jammy wine showcases each of its personalties quite well. A very good very ripe example of merlot.
Medium bodied. Not a fruity Merlot. Quite serious and very, very dry. Darker fruits framed by cigar box/tobacco notes. Dusty tannins. Likely to improve in bottle in the short term. Drink through late 2016 at least.