Posts tagged: Merlot

Wine of the Month!

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts , Paloma is a Merlot based wine (85 Merlot – 15 Cabernet), that could be called a Meritage, Proprietary Red.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers […]

Paloma Merlot ~ wine of the year?

Paloma has become synonymous with the Petrus of Napa Valley and I don’t say this lightly. Like Petrus, Paloma is a Merlot based wine and not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A Merlot for Cabernet lovers.  Paloma and I got back 19 years!  The wine is now in stock […]

Screaming Eagle assistant produces a real value

Farella Vineyards has been growing premium grapes in Coombsville since 1977. Tom Farella has an impressive list of long-standing clients (Realm, Far Niente, Pahlmeyer, Zeitgeist, Keenan, Relic, Lail etc. ) and has produced exceptional Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Malbec under his own label since 1985. Tom and Winemaker Massimo DiCostanzo (Assistant Winemaker at […]

A Merlot For Cabernet lovers!!

I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2010 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently […]

Coho Merlot (97 POINTS) and Cabernet (94 POINTS) stun again

The Coho wines have been on fire this past decade, producing high-quality wine at acceptable price levels.  I tasted the two youngsters Merlot and Cabernet a few weeks ago and was very pleased and excited.  I am not a big press fan, but I can tell you that the Merlot received a 97 Point rating […]

Blind Tasting Cabernet Stunner by Aaron Pott

My tasting group assembled some amazing 2009 Cabernets and Bordeaux blends, and the result was even more stunning.  Our line-up included: Alpha Omega “To-Kalon” $140 (94 Parker) Dominus $175 (94 WS) Cimarossa “Rian” $ 85 (95+ Parker) Anderson Conn Valley “Black Label” $125 (96 Parker) Phelps “Insignia” $200 (93 WS) Hall “Bergfeld” $99 (94 Parker) […]

XXI Amendment new release is a mindboggling wine!

Amendment XXI is more than just rounded beauty and seductive grace in a bottle. Because of the 21st Amendment, prohibition was abolished and fine wine was again enjoyed by all!  This wine is not just a story, it is the real McCoy!  Crafted by ace-winemaker Nils Venge this Cabernet-Merlot blend will wow you and blow […]

Coho spawns again, its BEST ever release look for 95+ Points!

I just tasted the NEW releases of Coho with owner Gary Lipp, and was blown away by the amazing quality of these youngsters.  Those of you coming to my New York tasting will get to meet the brain behind this great venture, and of course taste these wine. The production numbers are still low, so […]

Right Bank Bordeaux meets the Napa Valley!

A “virage” is a bend or turn in the road. In the Napa Valley the (Virage winery) winemaking road  banks right, in the Bordeaux tradition, blending Cabernet Franc and Merlot ripened slowly in varied soils and a temperate climate. This little gem turned heads recently when I poured it for some distinguished clients.  All assumed […]

Yet another “Wine of the Year!” – Paloma 2009 Merlot

Paloma has become synonymous with the Petrus of Napa Valley and I don’t say this lightly. Like Petrus, Paloma is a Merlot based wine and not a wine for whiners or wimps. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A Merlot for BIG red drinkers. Paloma and I got back 17 years! When I settled […]

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