I love finding wines that taste like they’re SUPPOSED to taste! So many Merlots from California just don’t taste like Merlot. The 2011 Neyers Conn Valley Merlot, however, does!
They do a great Chardonnay, some great Cabs and one of the best Zinfandels I’ve had in a very long time. My favorite of the night, however, was probably the Merlot.
Made with Merlot grapes from their own certified organic vineyards surrounding their home, the Neyers and their talented winemaker Tadeo Borchardt have produced a wonderful Merlot.
The ruby colored wine has aromas of cherry, black raspberry and some chocolate shavings. The palate is beautifully balanced with layers of the raspberry, cherry, along with some plum and licorice. Blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has a lovely velvety finish and is more reminiscent of a Pomerol than a California Merlot.
At 13.8% alcohol, this isn’t one of those huge Napa Merlots that have forgotten what they are meant to be. It’s a lovely wine that I could drink every night of the week. Coming in at about $30, this wine is definitely worth its price.
To learn more about Neyers Vineyards, or to purchase some of their wines, go to there website here: http://www.neyersvineyards.com