2012 Silverado Mt George Merlot, Estate Grown
Yesterday we received a sample of the 2012 Silverado Mt George Estate Merlot. My, what a decadent red. There are violets on the nose which combine with ash
( volcanic soil ) and brambly spice. Michele's first comment when tasting the Silverado was " there are definitely blueberries here". There is a ton of blueberry on the front palate which darkens to boysenberry and finally blackberry. The finish is big dark berry flavors infused with smoke and cocoa. The 2012 Silverado Mt George Merlot is certainly a red meat wine which married wonderfully with the char and sirloin flavor of a big New York, but even without food I found myself going back to the bottle for another quick taste. This wine has wonderful complexity. When it comes down right down to it, there is little substitute for the right soil composition combined with climate and vine age. Mt George is legendary as a micro climate. Mt George is an ancient volcano. The soil composition of gravel and ancient volcanic ash combines with both warm days and cool nights. These vineyards were originally planted in 1865, meaning the soil has been naturally fertilized by the vines themselves for over a century.
$42.50, 5% off 6, 10% off 12 5 cases available (drink now for 7 years )
Review and tech sheet below.
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
"Balance of cool- and warm-climate characteristics, with rosemary and mint, compounded by spice and blackberry." 93PTS Decanter
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet
" Textbook conditions saw nearly ideal bud break, steady flowering , even fruit set and a legendary stretch of warm days and cool, often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rain held off until the grapes had achieved optimal ripeness, bringing excellent quality with a smooth balance of sugar and acids"
-100% French Oak, 46% new.
2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot
We are approaching the end of the month and that is when some deep deals hit our desk. Distributors are trying to meet their monthly goals. We tasted this wine in the summer but the pricing was not competitive. The 2013 Shafer Vineyards Merlot is volutptuous black fruit finishing with delightful raspberries. The structure is robust enough that Cabernet drinkers will appreciate this wine. The tannin layers are velvety and immediately table worthy. We have 48 bottles available at $48.00, this is the national low.
$59.00 is the national average on this wine. Deal starts & ends today.
All the best, R&M
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2015
Shafer's 2013 Merlot is wonderfully fresh, brisk and nuanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and expressive spice notes are all pushed forward. This open-knit, fleshy Merlot should drink well for the next handful of years. AG 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2016
Blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Blue fruit. Spice. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a savory finish. White pepper. Merlot with hints of malbec and cabernet franc. Drink now. JS 91
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2016
This is a robust, dense and tannic wine, with 8% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It needs time to unravel what are now just mere suggestions of coffee and black-cherry jam, with seasonings of cedar, peppercorn and dried sage. Full bodied, ripe and highly structured, this should be enjoyed in years to come, through 2023. Cellar Selection. - V.B. WE 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
(WA88-90 points) A barrel sample of the 2013 Merlot, which is a similar blend to the 2012, looks like it's going to be as good, although it plays it closer to the vest and is more restrained at present. The wine exhibits dense ruby/plum color, sweet berry fruit mixed with background oak, soil undertones and a touch of unsmoked cigar tobacco. A little chocolate is also in the mix. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next 10-plus years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr. WA 90
2012 Trefethen Family Vineyards Oak Knoll Merlot
Last week we were afforded the opportunity to taste current releases from Trefethen Family Winery. All of the wines were excellent and all of the wines are fairly priced To make things even better, they were kind enough to give us pricing which is more than fair. So speaking of "more than fair ", what is better than a complex, layered and highly polished special occasion red for under $35.00.
Now that you have read all that, we are speaking of the 2012 Trefethen Family Oak Knoll District Napa Merlot. If the specification "Merlot " in some way disturbs your sensibilities, think of this bottle as a top tier Bordeaux style Red because that is what it is. Four Bordeaux variatels are used in the blending of this seamless red. 3 different types of oak in both old and new are used to achieve complex layering. Possibly most importantly , Merlot likes some cool weather. The 2012 vintage was unusual in Napa given the days were typically warm but the nights were far cooler than normal, weather which resembles the right bank of Bordeaux. All of this comes together to make for an excitingly seamless , highly polished bottle of wine.
The Flavor Profile: Michele and I both were completely enamored by this Merlot at first sip ( out of 7 bottles this is the one we polished off completely) . Blueberry for days was the first conclusion which we both came to , and the flavor profile is packed with blueberry, some raspberry gets into the mix at mid palate and the finish is luxurious . We debated the finish but my impression is mixed dark berry with white chocolate and a hint of allspice and clove. YUMMY REGARDLESS. If the 2012 Trefethen Merlot sounds like a bottle you would enjoy, your price is $34.95 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12
All of the very best , Rex and Michele
Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
92 POINTS (v. 2012) James Suckling July 2015
"A pretty and balanced red with chocolate, olive and blueberry character. Full body, firm tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Lovely tension and vivacity. Drink or hold."
90 POINTS (v. 2012) Wine Enthusiast September 2015
Incorporating a small amount of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a floral Merlot, with notes of violet counterpointed by barbecue smokiness and earth. Big, rich tannins are dry and robust, veering on full bodied, before the acidity in the wine pulls things back into balance.
BEST MERLOT OF THE SHOW ~ 94 POINTS ~ PLATINUM (v. 2012)
* San Diego International Wine Competition January 2015
* Critics Challenge June 2015
91 POINTS ~ VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (v. 2012) California Grapevine May 2015
GOLD (v. 2012) TEXSOM International Wine Awards February 2015
95 POINTS (v. 2012) "Merlot is an important part of their portfolio, and it's always one of the
top California examples." Rich Cook, Wine Review Online January 2015
The proof is always in the glass!