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Ghost Pines Merlot 2014

Save $7.00 (31%)

SKU 59150


A blend of fruit from Sonoma and Napa, our Merlot is layered with flavors of dark berries, licorice and espresso alongside lots of richness, full-bodied structure, and desirable length. In addition to these flavors, you'll taste hints of cigar paper, cocoa, caramel and nutmeg wrapped around a remarkably smooth mid-palate full of velvety texture and depth. On the long finish, you'll find suggestions of toasty oak, mouth-filling black fruit, and cola framed by plush tannins.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Brand Ghost Pines
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
  • we88

Wine EnthusiastSmoky oak supports a simple, supple texture of blackberry and tobacco in this likable wine from both counties, a good value for the quality and tailor-made for the table.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2017
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorA solid Merlot, with a medium body and lively notes of currant, black tea and spice. Drink now through 2020. 18,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, May 31, 2017
  • wa86

Wine AdvocateA real surprise was how good the 2014 Merlot turned out. This is a relatively large cuvée of 31,000 cases, made of 90% Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties. Most is sourced from Sonoma, with a mix of Napa fruit as well. It spent 18 months in used French oak and the wine exhibits exuberant black cherry and mocha-infused chocolaty fruit, excellent texture, good purity, a dark ruby/purple color and a big, fleshy, chunky mouthfeel. The wine is only 13.8% alcohol, but carries a nice plumpness. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016