Merryvale Napa Valley Merlot 2007
The 2007 Merryvale Napa Valley Merlot was given 92 points by Wine Enthusiast, who called this wine: "A dry, classy Merlot that will develop bottle complexity for a few years. There are beautiful tannins on this well-made wine; if you drink it now, decant to let it breathe, soften and allow the cherry, red currant, dried herb and oak flavors to emerge."
"An impressive sleeper of the vintage, the 2007 Merlot is a blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of charcoal, black currants, black cherries, coffee, mocha, spice box, licorice, and a hint of cocoa. Pure, dense, medium to full-bodied, lush, and seductive, this stunning Merlot should continue to drink well for 12-15 years." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 91 points
In fact, the Quarterly Review of Wine Magazine named Merryvale the 2009 Winery of the Year and said "It couldn't be otherwise. No winery in the last several "Best of the Best" blind tastings has achieved more success than Napa Valley's Merryvale Vineyards--Merryvale has consistently made our highest ranking."