Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (Mike & Judi's): Initially very reserved and reticent, this really didn't begin to show much until the second pass through and by the time we got around to discussing it just prior to being unveiled. Black currants and tea, with clay and earth undertones. Thought I detected a subtle dill note too, then mocha and chocolate. Vanilla, chocolate and black fruit on the palate. Medium tannins; nice structure & fruit here. Guessed Napa Cab Sauv.
Really gorgeous expression of Napa Merlot. Ripe feminine styling. Fantastic aromas of bright acacia flowers, light plum, cassis, milky chocolate and touches of sweet baking spice. The mid palate is excellent and the palate shows gorgeous creamy notes coupled with a fair dose of fresh cut flowers. Killer finish showing nice balance, some decent tannins but mostly integrated. No rough edges. Killer juice. While not a 97 point wine, I would enjoy drinking this again. The price tag? A bit high.
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(Kapcsándy Family Winery Merlot Roberta’s Reserve, Napa Valley) Opaque garnet in the glass, with aromas of espresso, bitter chocolate, and dark fruit and a texture that makes you want to take your clothes off. Satiny, sexy black-cherry flavors and beautiful acidity swirl with complex espresso and earth for minutes in the mouth. Well into the finish, the tannins, smooth as butter, begin to emerge. Made from 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, it is almost certainly the best Merlot in Napa Valley, attaining a stature likely to get it confused with a premier cru Bordeaux. Only 265 cases made. Hot Picks
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