Red

2009 O'Brien Estate Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oak Knoll District
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • Tannic Monster Likes this wine: 90 points

    August 8, 2016 - Nice dark fruit and earth on the nose. Acids hit the palate first followed by vanilla oak, cherries, and a hint of sandalwood.
    Still a bit tannic for its age offering a medium finish with some dried herbs.

  • hende14 Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 3, 2016 - Glad I waited to review this until the second day. First day was quite disjointed and heavy on the new oak. Second day came together with big red fruit and mocha with a smooth balance of acid and tannins. This is a really good example of what Merlot done right can be.

  • KC Lawyer Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 11, 2015 - This is a merlot for those who disdain merlot as being too sweet or insubstantial and want to be convinced otherwise. Can the fruit be both subtle and intense? If so, this is it. Lots going on, certainly big enough to stand up to a pork roast (probably not the best choice for lamb). Guaranteed that you'll like this if you try it.
    This is the first of 3 bottles we purchased at the winery in 2011; it can surely last another few years as the color is pristine and there's not even a hint of oxidation.

  • cstir Likes this wine: 88 points

    February 28, 2015 - Pleasant but not memorable; average in depth and flavor.

  • markrucks Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 4, 2013 - a merlot for those of us who don't like merlot!! Wonderful wine and will do well in the bottle for a bit more.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer O'Brien Estate
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oak Knoll District

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 92 (44%)
  • Consumed 115 (56%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Pork chops, roasted chicken

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