Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot 2010

$59

Consistently one of Napa Valley's classiest merlots, the Cakebread Merlot is an especially rich example of the variety. Delicious now, this lavishly flavored, complex Merlot will benefit from another 3-5 years' cellaring. The Cakebread Cellars Merlot Napa Valley, blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, is an especially rich example of the variety. It displays ripe blackberry and black plum aromas with secondary scents of vanilla and dark coffee characteristics. Lush and full-bodied, showcasing luscious blackberry, plum and boysenberry flavors that segue into a long finish featuring spiciness, elegant, refined tannins, and crisp underlying acidity. The grapes for the Merlot come from two classic Napa Valley regions: the cool-climate Carneros district in the southern valley, which delivers bright fruit with crisp acidity, and the mid-valley region, whose warmer temperatures produce riper, richer fruit with juicy berry and plum flavor

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Ratings on Delectable

Sean Trapani Delectable Pro

Founder/Educator Wine Fluent, Consultant ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

(**) Well balanced wine. Black plum, buttered toast and violet. Needed about 30 minutes to air out the alcohol, then perfect.

(**) Well balanced wine. Black plum, buttered toast and violet. Needed about 30 minutes to air out the alcohol, then perfect.

9.2

John Cowling

Very yummy Merlot

Very yummy Merlot

9.0

Robert Schofield

Paired well with a rustic meatloaf and mashed spuds.

Paired well with a rustic meatloaf and mashed spuds.

8.9

Max Sander Byfuglin Jr

Cakebread 2010 merlot --- it's above average.

Cakebread 2010 merlot --- it's above average.

8.6

Sam Shepard

You stink

You stink

7.7

Ellis Singer

Delicious dry merlot

Delicious dry merlot

9.6

Kerry Dineen

Nice.. A birthday present from Connor!

Nice.. A birthday present from Connor!

8.7

Diane Sharple

Wow, wonderful, earthy Merlot, which is my least favorite of reds. This will make you reconsider while enjoying every sip!

Wow, wonderful, earthy Merlot, which is my least favorite of reds. This will make you reconsider while enjoying every sip!

9.0

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.