Pilot
EPISODE #101
Producer & Executive Daniel Schnider & Napa Merlot
June 9, 2022
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Wines of the Night

2018 Whitehall Lane Merlot ($30)

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This is a well-made, attractively priced red wine, blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. It shows highlights of sage, clove and cedar that are well integrated into the dense core of blueberry and mocha.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 86

Tom: 88

Arvind: 85

Daniel: 85

2018 Chappellet Napa Merlot ($50)

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This lovely wine draws you in with its complex aromas of dark berry, briary spice, anise, clove, cedar chest and black tea. On the palate, silky tannins add depth and length to luxurious flavors of black plum, cherry, dark chocolate and roasted coffee, all of which glide to a warm, rich finish.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 90

Tom: 91

Arvind: 89

Daniel: 89

2018 Plumpjack Napa Merlot ($65)

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The 2018 Merlot is a blend of 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sails out of the glass with expressive notes of blackberry pie, stewed plums and sautéed herbs plus hints of tar, black pepper and fertile loam. The palate is full-bodied and laden with juicy black fruit flavors, supported by soft, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing with a lively herbal lift.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Tom: 86

Arvind: 84

Daniel: 86