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Brown Estate Merlot – 94 Points

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

Merlot! Merlot! Merlot! In case ya’ll didn’t already know I am a big fan of Merlot. Why? Because it is a similar style of wine to Cabernet Sauvignon however I find it more juicy in terms of fruit flavors as well as more soft (therefore approachable).

In fact, it is often added to Cabernet Sauvignon to apply a softness aspect to the higher-tannin varietal to create a balanced wine. I’m even more excited that this particular wine is from Brown Estate – the first Black owned winery in the Napa Valley.

Growing up in a small, farming town like Napa as a brown skin, Latina has been interesting because in a way I feel that we have become more progressive in some parts of the valley in terms of equality and race however there is still a large part of this community that fill their heart with hatred when it comes to people of color. We still have work to do at a local level.

The purpose of this post is to acknowledge that it’s okay to step out of our comfort zone when it comes to addressing sensitive topics like: racism and police brutality. Especially when it brings people together and shows that with love you can bridge the gap and help make change.

My purpose on this earth has and WILL ALWAYS be to bridge the gap between different groups of people and show that at the end of the day we are all human and we are much better when we come together. We should all do our part and acknowledge how we treat one another no matter the color of our skin.

Read below for my tasting notes:

  1. Vintage: 2018

  2. Alcohol percentage: 14.5%

  3. Appellation: Dollar Ranch, Chiles Valley – Napa Valley

  4. Appearance: medium intensity, ruby in color.

  5. Nose: medium intensity, with secondary aromas.

  6. Sweetness: dry

  7. Aromas and flavors: boysenberry, cinnamon, and herbaceous aromas; flavors of blackberry, black plum and blueberry. Medium body, long + silky finish

  8. Conclusion: very good wine

  9. Price: $42

Food Recommendation: seasoned Saint Louis ribs, oven-roasted carrots + potatoes. This is exactly what I paired this wine with and also enjoyed a glass on it’s own beforehand; it was phenomenal!

Conclusion: one of my new favorite Merlot’s because of its juicy fruit notes and silky body. You can purchase this wine online here, and have it shipped or if you are local you can also pick it up. Enjoy!

Wine Rating: 94 Points

*Any wines rated 90 points or more, I recommend. Wines rated 89 points or below means it’s an acceptable wine, but I wouldn’t spend your money on it.*


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