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94 • Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Merlot, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $48.
Opaque with a ruby red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry compote and vanilla bean. Soft and round with vanilla framed cherry berry flavors. Soft and voluptuous finish. Plenty of soft, fleshy fruit. Hint of roast brisket savoriness on the mid-palate and finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
91 • Hammersky Vineyards 2010 "Red Handed", Merlot, Paso Robles $49.
Opaque with a velvet rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of lingonberry, black raspberry, maraschino cherry, vanilla and nutmeg. Full, soft and dry with notes of licorice, black plum and cherry skin along with sweet vanilla and a hint of cedar. A big, serious Merlot. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
90 • Domaine Napa 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $27.99.
Aromas of toasty, yeasty raisin challah, black walnut skin, and berry custard with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy cassis juice, tobacco leaf, and green apple skin accented finish with crunchy, earthy tannins. Will work great on the table. (tasted on Dec-09-2013)
86 • Foodies 2012 Merlot, California $7.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla yogurt nuts, berry lip balm, and chocolate fondue with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a ripe, honeyed berry, spice, dried lemon, and chalk accented finish. A very pleasant sipper or pizza wine. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
85 • Turning Leaf NV Merlot, California $8.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha, roasted grains and berry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp, honeyed apple and mineral accented finish. A nice everyday sipper. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
84 • Barefoot NV Merlot, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of berry pie, toffee and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted chestnut finish. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
81 • Carlo Rossi NV Merlot, California $5.99/1.5 L.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby black color. Aromas of frosted raspberry danish, gherkin, and floral spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a papery spiced plum and apple candy finish. Serve with a good chill. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)