Toad Hollow Merlot – Downright Tasty • Reverse Wine Snob

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Solid and super drinkable, the Toad Hollow Merlot from Sonoma County.

Toad Hollow Merlot – Downright Tasty

100% Merlot from the Toad Hollow estate vineyard in Russian River Valley as well other Sonoma County regions in California. The wine is aged in older American and French oak barrels for 18 months and has just 0.3 g/L of residual sugar.

Sample submitted for review. The Toad Hollow Merlot has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $14. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers.

From the bottle:

Bright cranberry, currant, black cherry, and blueberry flavors with a hint of baking spice and chocolate. Balanced acidity and texture produce an elegant and well rounded finish.

Pair with Cambozola or a strong blue cheese, roasted leg of lamb, grilled ribeye, or a favorite pasta with red sauce. When your sweet tooth is calling, enjoy with rich chocolate.

Produced from Sonoma County Merlot vineyards, each carefully selected for its own unique contribution to the wine.

Harvested in late September and early October, fermented slowly on the skins and gently pressed, aged in American and French oak.

Vinted and Bottled by Toad Hollow Vineyards
14.5% Alcohol

The 2019 Toad Hollow Merlot begins with a pleasing aroma of ripe plum and blackberry plus plenty oak influence mostly in the form of vanilla, chocolate and spice.

Taking a sip reveals a smooth and soft Merlot with plenty of juicy, concentrated dark fruit. The oak influence also continues in the mouth with loads more vanilla and chocolate plus an assortment of baking spice. With good structure this is a super drinkable, all-around wine.

It ends dry with some lingering oaky spice and even more vanilla and chocolate under the lasting fruit. This is downright tasty!

2019 Toad Hollow Merlot

Taste: 8 (89-90 points)       Cost: 6

OVERALL RATING: 7.5

And here’s our previous review on the 2017 which retailed for a couple of dollars less:

The 2017 Toad Hollow Merlot begins with a pleasing aroma of ripe plum and blackberry plus plenty of vanilla.

Taking a sip reveals a smooth, oaky Merlot with plenty of juicy, concentrated dark fruit. With good structure this is a super drinkable, all-around wine.

It ends dry with some lingering oaky spice, vanilla and chocolate under the lasting fruit. This is downright tasty!

2017 Toad Hollow Merlot

Taste: 8 (89-90 points)       Cost: 7

OVERALL RATING: 7.8