Blackstone Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2006

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rich fruit aromas, elegance, supple oak characters and soft tannins. With lifted dark cherry and berry aromas and a touch of spicy clove, this wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The texture is ripe and soft in the mouth, with bright cherry fruit flavors and a soft, lingering finish. Blackstone Merlot will pair nicely with rack of lamb, grilled burgers and tomato-based pasta dishes.

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Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find ... Read more
Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find the region’s signature style blended into every bottle. As a grape-growing region, Sonoma County is like no other place on earth. With redwood forests, benchlands, hillsides, and nearly 80 miles of majestic coastline, Sonoma offers a wide variety of microclimates, soils, and terrain. This uniquely diverse region supports several different grape varieties but is best known for its lush Merlots and full-bodied Cabernets. Sonoma County is a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) made up of thirteen distinctly different World-Class wine growing appellations. Each appellation and each vineyard within that appellation contributes something special - it is from this vibrant flavor palate that complex, expressive wines emerge. At Blackstone, we find Sonoma County inspiring. Each different AVA contributes something unique and special to the final blend. Our Sonoma Reserve wines, in particular, exemplify Sonoma’s signature style, and help set the standard carried through to our Winemaker’s Select wines. “Sonoma County is one of the most amazing places in the world to live and make wine,” observes Winemaker Gary Sitton. “There’s no place like it. The immense diversity—from the coastline to the mountains, valleys, and rivers—still leaves me in awe. For me, tapping into this range of growing conditions is fundamental to making beautifully expressive wines from Sonoma County.” From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America’s favorite Merlot. Over the years, the same passion for consistent, balanced wines has expanded to new varieties bearing Blackstone’s trademark label. Our Winemaker’s Select wines are sourced from premier growing regions throughout California, each meticulously selected to contribute certain nuances to the final blend. Drawing from the best parcels in the same areas year after year ensures Winemaker’s Select wines maintain the consistency that is Blackstone’s heritage. Our signature style and quality is elevated in our Sonoma Reserve wines, which are sourced from Sonoma’s world-class vineyards. Each vineyard site contributes distinct characteristics that uniquely define the region. Through it all, Blackstone has stayed true to the approach inspired by our Sonoma roots - to craft wines that complement food and any occasion in which you celebrate the things in life you can count on. Tasting Room Hours: Every day: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Read less

Member Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: ttutony
407981,093
3.00 5
12/29/2008

Dark purple in the glass. This wine was very fruit-forward and made in the usual big, round California style. Berry fruit flavors predominate on the nose and the palate. Some oak can be found as well. Not overly complex. Medium tannins. The finish lingered for a moment. The alcohol was a little hot in this wine, maybe a result of its youth. We had this wine with a dinner of prime rib, which seemed to complement the wine well enough. I think that the best role for this wine would be a table wine to be enjoyed with food. Good but not outstanding.


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.00 5
05/09/2009

It's nothing special, but it's very smooth, there's nothing to dislike, and a solid merlot at this price.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
12/15/2008

Cherry and vanillin oak aromas, lead into a palate of vanilla, black fruits, and oak. Perfectly respectable, not very exciting.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.00 5
12/15/2008

Something disjointed about this. Earthy and burnt coffee aromas, with a touch of rubber. Cranberry palate, oddly high-toned given the aromas. Doesn't hang together.


Snooth User: dkmrd5
92494704
3.50 5
04/28/2009

Cherry and berry on the nose, bright berry, blackberry on the tongue with a nice oaky finish. Smooth. Nice.


Snooth User: nphillips
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4.00 5
01/21/2010

Wonderful value for the price. You should not be disappointed.


Snooth User: dstickst
19648713
2.50 5
06/11/2009

Blackstone's California Merlot is an acceptable option, though you can probably do a little better for the price. Can be a bit astringent and flat.


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External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesDelightful aromas reflect ripe plums, fresh raspberries, summer berries and rose tea. The generous aromas are echoed in the palate, which is supple and well structured with great length of flavors - this is a must have wine for Merlot lovers.


External Review
12/22/2008

Rich fruit aromas, elegance, supple oak characters and soft tannins. With lifted dark cherry and berry aromas and a touch of spicy clove, this wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The texture is ripe and soft in the mouth, with bright cherry fruit flavors and a soft, lingering finish.


External Review
05/12/2008

A huge staff favorite. This wine is soft and packed with cherry flavors, with vanilla notes on the nose and a touch of chocolate on the palate. Pass on dessert: you can just have another glass.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting Noteshe Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot offers pleasing aromas of fresh raspberry, black currant, clove and vanilla with a hint of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied with layers of bright red fruit, coffee and clove, finished with nice, well-integrated structure and a velvety mouthfeel. Try serving this soft and silky wine with beef or pork tenderloin, cassoulet, sausage, pizza or beef ravioli.



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rich fruit aromas, elegance, supple oak characters and soft tannins. With lifted dark cherry and berry aromas and a touch of spicy clove, this wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The texture is ripe and soft in the mouth, with bright cherry fruit flavors and a soft, lingering finish. Blackstone Merlot will pair nicely with rack of lamb, grilled burgers and tomato-based pasta dishes.

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