93pts James Suckling
Ripe plums, dark berries and earthy elements on the nose. This offers a bright structure with deep flavors, carried amid fine tannins. Good depth and richness.
90pts Jeb Dunnuck
Leading off the Bordeaux varieties, the 2016 Merlot (82% Merlot, 9% Petite Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a great nose of smoke tobacco, ripe black cherries, currants, and chocolate. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has a fleshy, pleasure-bent style, and ripe tannins. It's another value gem in the vintage.
As one of a handful of pioneer producers of Merlot, dating back to 1976, our Merlot remains as consistent and memorable as it was back then. Even 40 years after our first vintage, the 2016 vintage is a classic representation of Rhinefarm Merlot. Stunning aromas of black cherries, cedar and fresh tobacco come to life on the palate, alongside flavors of cocoa, brown spices and boysenberry. Graceful yet complex, this is a Merlot even Paul Giamatti would enjoy.
Blend: 82% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon