FEBRUARY IS MERLOT MONTH AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP!
That means that for the entire month of February, all Merlot wines are:
10% OFF 1-5 Bottles and 15% OFF 6 or more bottles!
We will be featuring some great wines this month so stay tuned for more information on those.
Tate Wines 2013 Spring Street Merlot – $51.99
BUY NOW Winemaker David Tate is one of our favorite guys in Napa and his 2013 Merlot was a huge hit at the winemaker dinner we did with him back in December. Plush and round, with darker fruits of black raspberry and pomegranate mixed with notes of cedar and anise spice. Tannins are firm but incredibly polished and smooth.
Switchback Ridge 2012 Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot – $59.99
No one will be disappointed in the sumptuous 2012 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of chocolate, blackcurrants and black cherries. This luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal 2012 is a seamless, sensational Merlot that is about as good as this varietal can be in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next decade or more. One of Napa Valley’s finest Merlots has long been Switchback Ridge’s offering from the Peterson Family Vineyard.
A rich and powerful Merlot with dark cherries, blackberry compote and exotic spice. Juicy, ripe and lush on the palate, framed by ample tannin structure and a long, elegant finish with a hint of chocolate and vanilla bean on the end.
Revelry Vintners 2013 Columbia Valley Merlot – $16.99
BUY NOW This Merlot is all about balance, silky smooth mouthfeel, and well rounded flavors, that when done right linger on and on. Merlot is sourced across the Columbia Valley, finding sweet spots for the grape on consistent soft grades, with moderate heat and good air drainage. This is the sole recipient of American Oak barrels in Revelry’s lineup of wines, as Merlot tends to be accepting of the big sweet flavors that those barrels impart from their firing.
Santa Alba 2014 Merlot – $8.99 750ml, $11.99 1.5L
BUY NOW Perfect for the bargain hunter or if your looking for a great, easy drinking red to pour for a party, the Santa Alba from Chile is an incredible deal. Soft black and blueberry fruit with dusty tannins that are smooth and refined.
Shafer 2012 Napa Valley Merlot – $134.99 1.5L
“The 2012 Merlot, which comes in at 15.5% natural alcohol, is a beauty. It’s 91% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a touch of Malbec. The wine reveals notes of black cherries, tobacco leaf, mocha and darker-berried fruit with a hint of white chocolate. It’s ripe, medium to full-bodied, but fresh, elegant and well-delineated. This beauty should drink well for a decade or more.” – Robert Parker
Cycles Gladiator 2013 Merlot – $11.99
This isn’t the same Cycles Gladiator you used to buy at the grocery store. Winemaker Adam LaZarre now owns the label and has drastically slashed production, upped the quality AND kept the price reasonable. Juicy, dark and fruit with toasty oak, mocha and tobacco.
Santa Ema 2013 Reserve Merlot – $14.99
We’ve raved a lot lately about the great values coming from Chile and Argentina. Santa Ema’s Merlot is another wonderful example of a sub-$20 wine from Chile that would cost you much more for the same quality and complexity from California. A big wine that is lush and spicy in style, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum and dried raspberry that are creamy and rich-tasting. Milk chocolate and toasty, vanilla oak dominate the finish.
Precessi 2007 Napa Red
We know the label says “Napa Red” but at 80% Merlot, this Napa “Red” could have legally been labeled Merlot. Not many wineries are willing to invest the time and money barrel age their wines for 5 and a half years and another two in the bottle before releasing them. This extended ageing in a blend of French and American oak has yielded a extremely complex and layered wine that is extremely smooth and ready to drink. Dark fruit flavors of plums, dried cherries and blackberry with notes of baking spice, sandalwood and leather.
Ancient Peaks 2013 Margarita Ranch Merlot – $18.99
The 2013 Merlot opens with deep aromas of blueberry and plum with notes of cinnamon spice and cigar box. A rich, chewy texture unfolds with juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, followed by trailing notes of mint and toasty oak. Luscious acidity joins sleek tannins on a smooth, structured finish.
Irreverence 2012 Vintners Reserve Merlot – $26.99
BUY NOW Known for his fantastic Pinot Noirs, winemaker Ken Bernards has hit the jackpot with this 2012 Merlot. It starts with a robust nose of cassis, plum and black cherry leading into notes of dried tobacco and cedar. The palate is firm and layered, showing off the classic Napa Valley Merlot profile of dark stone fruit, leather and dried herbs.