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2016 Old School Lane Lodi Merlot

2016 Old School Lane Lodi Merlot Zoom

This round, engaging wine offers notes of wood, smoke, black cherry, red cherry, boysenberry, vanilla, cocoa, mocha and toast.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016
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72 Ratings (4.0/5.0) Rating: 3.5 Buy It Again Score (78%) Rate this wine
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About This Wine

The heart of California’s Lodi appellation produces some of the finest Merlot grapes in the world.

The temperate Mediterranean climate of the region, featuring warm days and cool evenings, is what makes it possible for Old School Lane to produce rich, full wines to please even the most refined palate.

Located between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lodi is quickly emerging as one of California’s most exciting wine destinations. Over the past decade, fourth- and fifth-generation winegrowers, dedicated to the soils and the vines, have brought creative winemaking and cutting-edge technology to the region, catapulting Lodi into the spotlight.

The region grows all of California’s leading varieties, and has long been a producer of some of the state’s finest Merlot grapes — many of which are bought by Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries to include in their cuvees. Here’s an opportunity to taste what all the excitement is about.

About Merlot

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Merlot
  • Grape Source:California’s Lodi Growing District
  • Aromas & Flavors:Wood, Smoke, Black Cherry, Red Cherry, Boysenberry, Vanilla, Cocoa, Mocha and Toast
  • Aging Vessels:Select Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2020
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:seared veal chop with caramelized onions and chanterelle mushrooms.

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Rating: 3.5

72 Ratings


    • Rating: 3.5

    an uninspiring merlot. Balanced but a bit on the thin side.

    12/10/2018 W O.
    • Owego, NY
    • Rater Rank 485
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 2.8
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Jammy, juicy, complex, with little to no oak.

    12/04/2018 Michael H.
    • Rochester, NY
    • Rater Rank 197
    • Number of Ratings 7
    • Average 3.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Not usually a Merlot fan, but this was surprisingly good -well balanced,

    12/04/2018 Daniel S.
    • Hghlnds Ranch, CO
    • Rater Rank 460
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.3
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    I score this wine as an A. Very good. Loved it!

    11/28/2018 Timothy P.
    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • Rater Rank 201
    • Number of Ratings 7
    • Average 3.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Superb. Full meaty nose and flavor, clean finish. Very nice.

    11/06/2018 Ben B.
    • Pasadena, CA
    • Rater Rank 302
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4.2
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    This was my favorite in the whole shipment

    10/29/2018 Jessica Z.
    • Westerly, RI
    • Rater Rank 269
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 3.6
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Old School Lane 2016 Lodi Merlot: Very big for a Merlot, fruit-forward and Plummy. The acidity in this young wine emphasizes the minerality of the soil, which gives too much bite for my taste and interferes with the fruit, to a degree. This should smooth out with more time in the bottle. Probably has had secondary fermentation which makes it less rough. My Rating: Now - 6.0; 2020 - 8.0

    10/13/2018 Charles M.
    • Bellevue, WA
    • Rater Rank 170
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 2.7
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Good wine

    8/27/2018 Toyokazu K.
    • Southampton, NY
    • Rater Rank 326
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 3.3
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    I really enjoyed this as a relaxing, sipping wine. It has a very fully set of flavors, which are moderately bold, without being offensive.

    8/13/2018 Adam G.
    • Albany, NY
    • Rater Rank 276
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    This is my favorite so far. Very smooth.

    7/02/2018 Julie Z.
    • Scottsdale, AZ
    • Rater Rank 284
    • Number of Ratings 8
    • Average 4.7
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Absolutely delicious and smooth!

    5/31/2018 Bunny C.
    • Vallejo, CA
    • Rater Rank 207
    • Number of Ratings 8
    • Average 3.9
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again


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    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
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    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
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