Merlots For Your Friend Who Hates Merlot

Food & Wine
August 2023


19 Merlots For Your Friend Who Hates Merlot

2018 St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery Rutherford Estate Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley

Rich, chocolatey aromas of hoisin sauce and spiced blackberry liqueur are complicated by kirsch and cinnamon on the palate, as well as a flash of star anise and baker’s chocolate. The acidity here is perfectly threaded, and the minerality and hint of dried scrubby herbs of the finish, joined by more of that kirsch, is fantastic.


Tasting Notes from the Winemaker
A burgundy shade of red commence this wine. Aromas of black plum and black cherry combine with graphite, milk chocolate, and black pepper with a subtle thread of vanilla from the toasted oak. This is a generous merlot with nice freshness on the palate show casing juicy blackberry and toasted oak. There is a cocoa powder texture with smooth tannins and a long finish.

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