Original
109 Ratings
Twomey Cellars Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2006   Vintage) Good deep red-ruby. Black fruits, licorice and menthol on the brooding, rather inexpressive nose. Juicy, fruit-driven and bright but with only moderate depth and flesh. Quite primary but it comes across as a bit stunted, with the tannins currently cutting off the fruit. Winemaker Baron described 2006 as a difficult vintage for merlot owing to the July heatwave, which resulted in an uneven veraison "The challenge was to get enough maturity without exaggerated alcohol," he explained. Incidentally, the 2005 merlot, which I rated 89 last fall, merited a solid 90 points in March, as some intriguing minerality was emerging, and the wine was offering a bit more sweetness and spine than my earlier sample.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jul-06.
  • Decanter
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Plums, figs. Supple entry. Medium body, with good concentration. Warm, pleasing finish. Cocoa. Drink up to 3 years.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2001 Vintage) The 2001 Merlot (a 6,354-case blend of 94.3% Merlot and 5.7% Cabernet Franc) exhibits fragrant aromas and flavors of espresso roast, coffee beans, smoke, chocolate, and loads of berry fruit. Dense plum/ruby in color with a hedonistic personality, this is a heady, full-bodied wine to drink over the next 7ndash;8 years. This is a top-flight single-vineyard wine aged completely in French oak, which is in total contrast to the wines made at Silver Oak.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) Heavy-handed oak is two-steps ahead of fruit here, and, while the wine may be full-bodied and highly extracted, it is also too tannic for its own good and suffers from a real lack of balance and brightness. Size and richness are often good things in wine, but they need fruit for balance. A big drop in price from its first posting is no help here.