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91 • Pend d'Oreille 2009 Merlot, Washington $21.
Garnet color. Aromas of olive, pepper, leather and dried cherries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, mineral, cedar and nut accented finish. A rather elegant Old World styled table wine. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
88 • Grove Winery 2012 Estate, Merlot, Haw River Valley $19.99. Sustainable Agriculture
Ruby color. Attractive spiced cherry and melon, potpourri, and vanilla aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy plum and pepper accented finish with parchment-like tannins. A solid merlot with good purity and spice. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)
85 • Château Élan 2010 Reserve, Merlot, California $27.95.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of caramel gelato, chocolate, pickled melon, and spicy dried cherry chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, plum and pomegranate finish with dusty tannins. A nice merlot for the table. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
84 • Williamsburg Winery 2010 Reserve, Merlot, Virginia $32. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of nut brittle, ink, cedar, and dried cherries and raspberries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a beet and green tomato accented finish with heavy wood tannins. Needs food and time. (tasted on Dec-30-2013)