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Blackstone Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2010
"Our Blackstone Merlot is produced from vineyards located throughout California's finest grape growing regions. At Blackstone, we believe that each appellation contributes unique flavor and structure from the area's soil and climatic conditions. After harvesting the grapes, each vineyard lot is carefully developed to capture its distinctive flavors and aromatic qualities. The signature style of Blackstone is an integrated Merlot with rich fruit; surrounded by elegant creaminess, supple oak flavors and firm tannins. This Merlot is friendly, flavorful and balanced, encouraging the marriage between food and wine. Enjoy at home or in fine restaurants with a variety of flavorful cuisines." - Winemaker
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.
It's nothing special, but it's very smooth, there's nothing to dislike, and a solid merlot at this price.
Cherry and vanillin oak aromas, lead into a palate of vanilla, black fruits, and oak. Perfectly respectable, not very exciting.
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.
Cherry and berry on the nose, bright berry, blackberry on the tongue with a nice oaky finish. Smooth. Nice.
Wonderful value for the price. You should not be disappointed.
External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Napa Valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simple, but round, with currant, plum and herbal tones framed by vanilla. Drink now. 850,000 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2002 Blackstone Merlot 750ml
Soft and supple, with spice, black cherry and pomegranate flavors that fold into fresh herb and cedar notes. Drink now through 2005.