Palazzo Napa Valley Merlot Blend 2008

$59

Scott Palazzo makes only 1,000 cases of this Bordeaux-style red from Napa Valley that is one of our best discoveries of the year!98 Points SommSelection's Magazine from Vintrust (collective reviews from the top Sommeliers across the country.) previous vintage 91 Points Robert Parker:  "This stylish blend of 68% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux-styled, elegant, restrained effort displaying a dark ruby/purple-tinged color in addition to notes of cedarwood, bay leaf, black cherries, black currants, spice box, and background oak. Medium-bodied with outstanding purity, very good texture, and fine length, it should drink well for 7-8 years. .  This serious, small, artisinal operation is owned by Scott Palazzo, who, along with his winemaker, Peter Franus, is turning out some complex, French-inspired offerings."Only 1,100 cases produced.

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Ratings on Delectable

Ryan Carey Delectable Pro

Founder Wine Confidential

Silky sweet combo Merlot-Cab Franc nose with a taste that matches. Licorice and black cherry on the finish. This 2008 is a pleasant wine that should smooth out even more over next couple years

Silky sweet combo Merlot-Cab Franc nose with a taste that matches. Licorice and black cherry on the finish. This 2008 is a pleasant wine that should smooth out even more over next couple years

8.9

Mark Flesher

Not so sure what I'm getting here. The bouquet on this wine is better than the palate IMO. In the nose I'm getting a blackberry and grilled meat kind of thing going on. On the palate, it's a bit different. Although there is a mature blackberry, I'm also getting a lot of black tea, soy sauce, and this wine is a little smoky and dark in the middle. The finish seems to be devoid of most tannin, and the fruit on the finish shows some age. I'm a little bit disappointed overall, and I really hope that there was just a little bit of bottle variation going on here (have another bottle....and I think I'll probably open it SOON as opposed to later).

Not so sure what I'm getting here. The bouquet on this wine is better than the palate IMO. In the nose I'm getting a blackberry and grilled meat kind of thing going on. On the palate, it's a bit different. Although there is a mature blackberry, I'm also getting a lot of black tea, soy sauce, and this wine is a little smoky and dark in the middle. The finish seems to be devoid of most tannin, and the fruit on the finish shows some age. I'm a little bit disappointed overall, and I really hope that there was just a little bit of bottle variation going on here (have another bottle....and I think I'll probably open it SOON as opposed to later).

9.1

Gabriel Cordero

2008 from Napa Valley by Scott Palazzo. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon there is a song written for moments like this. Martine the female importer has inspired countless plagiarism, the sincerist formbif flatery.

2008 from Napa Valley by Scott Palazzo. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon there is a song written for moments like this. Martine the female importer has inspired countless plagiarism, the sincerist formbif flatery.

10

Ted Vatnsdal

Good, not great for a $50+ bottle. It appears to be aging well. A light opening, then complex flavors through a decently long finish. 90 RP equivalent.

Good, not great for a $50+ bottle. It appears to be aging well. A light opening, then complex flavors through a decently long finish. 90 RP equivalent.

8.7

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