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93 • Jarvis 2006 Merlot, Napa Valley $90.
Creamy nougat, roasted red pepper, and baked plum aromas have a whiff of white pepper heat and follow through on a silky entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with burnt sugar, cedar, and melted chocolate notes. Finishes with a smooth, balanced fade with lively acidity and a peppery snap. A must try wine for pepper steak. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
92 • Rosenthal-The Malibu Estate 2005 The Devon Vineyard Merlot, Malibu-Newton Canyon $27.
Deep garnet purple color. Spicy aromas of plum pie, cranberry sauce, peppermint white chocolate toffee, and white pepper follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy raspberry compote, menthol tobacco, and baking spice notes. Finishes in a crisp, lively palate refreshing fade and chewy tannins. A stimulating red to serve with spicy steak fajitas. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
91 • Alexandria Nicole 2006 "Gravity" Destiny Estate Grown, Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $24.
Garnet color. Aromas of vanilla custard, coffee ice cream, toasted coconut, and berry pie crust follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with ripe honeyed berry and cocoa notes. Finishes in a long, juicy sugar plum fade with silky tannins. A superb sipper or pair with veal chops. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
90 • Talus 2006 Collection, Merlot, Lodi $7.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby color. Bright aromas of spice cake, custard, tobacco leaf,and dried fruit are attractive and follow through on a round, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with black cherry and poached apple notes. Finishes with a long, lingering cinnamon bark and nutmeg fade. A delicious spicy, easy drinking merlot for sipping or pairing with spicy moles or curries. (tasted on Feb-12-2009)
90 • Sonoma Vineyards 2005 Merlot, Sonoma County $15. Best Buy.
Buttery praline and berry pie crust aromas follow through on a bright entry to a dry-yet-fruit medium body with green peppercorn, sage, ripe black cherry and baking spice notes. Finishes with a crisp refreshing fade. A great food wine; pair with spicy pork dishes. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
90 • Lone Canary 2005 Merlot, Columbia Valley $25.
Bright aromas of prunes, wax, chocolate, and clay follow through on a supple, soft entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with rich dried fruit, peppery spice,iodine, and putty notes. Finishes with a long, cocoa dusted berry and clay fade. A robust earthy and fruity wine with lots of character and excellent appeal at the table with gamey meats. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
89 • Five Star Cellars 2006 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $32.
Dark garnet color. Shy aromas of dried berries and tomatoes, Tuscan spices, and cocoa. A round, lively entry leads to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with bright tangy black raspberry, boysenberry, and spice flavors. Finishes with a zest, nut skin and powdery tannin fade. An zesty, food friendly merlot to pair with Italian beef dishes. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
89 • Lynfred 2005 Merlot, American $18.
Dark garnet color. Aromas of banana creme brulee, clay, and boysenberry pie follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with plum skin, tomato, and dusty spice notes. Finishes with and tangy pomegranate and vanilla pod fade. A very nice, balanced sipper or table wine to pair with mild beef dishes or cheeses. (tasted on Feb-12-2009)
89 • BoHo 2006 Merlot, Central Coast $24/3L Cask.
Baked berry and tomato aromas of flavors on a supple medium body with sautéed root vegetable and peppery spice notes and crisp, tangy fade. A nice sipper or lasagna wine. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
89 • Boeger 2006 Merlot, El Dorado $16. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Creamy banana and berry custard aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with well integrated berry, vanilla, and spice flavors. Finishes crisply with a long fruit-driven fade. A very nice sipper or pair with spicy fajitas. (tasted on Feb-12-2009)
88 • Treleaven 2006 Merlot, New York State $18.99.
Deep ruby color. Baked cherry and berry aromas have grilled pepper and tomato notes follow through on a brisk, bright entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with delicate vanilla custard and spice aromas. Finishes with a tart berry skin and smoky mineral accents. A nice even, lighter styled merlot to pair with veal chops or duck. (tasted on Feb-12-2009)
88 • Hagafen 2006 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Napa Valley $32.  Kosher
Spicy plum tart, pepper and slate aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with with cocoa and delicate baking spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, peppercorn, menthol and apple peel accented fade. Very nice, table friendly merlot. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
88 • Midnight Cellars 2005 Estate, Merlot, Paso Robles $21.
Aromas of plum jam, honeyed buttered toast, and peppery spice follow through on a around entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tart red berry and apple skin notes. Finishes with a cinnamon and firm powdery tannin fade. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
88 • Duck Pond 2005 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $12. Best Buy.
Brilliant deep ruby color. Aromas of orange caramel fudge, pizza pie, and raspberry jam follow through on a soft, vibrant entry to a fruity medium body with a nice chocolate mint note. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing fade. A zesty sipper or pair with bbq or pizza. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
88 • Rotta Winery 2005 Merlot, Paso Robles $16. Best Buy.
Aromas of warm cherry pie a la mode follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with watermelon and baking spice notes. Finishes with a crisp, ripe fruity fade with soft pliable tannins. An attractive, unpretentious, easy drink sipper or pair with artisan pizzas. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
88 • Des Voigne Cellars 2006 "The Emcee", Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $28.
Dusty dusty garnet color. Spicy raisin chutney, roasted almond, and grilled pepper aromas follow through on a supple, round entry to a dryish medium with good depth of chocolate and plum fruit and a crisp, spiced nut fade. A tasty sipper in an Old World vein. (tasted on Feb-16-2009)
87 • Cupcake 2006 Merlot, Central Coast $14.99. Best Buy.
Black raspberry, toffee and menthol tobacco aromas follow through on a breezy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with cedar and sweet spice notes. Finishes with zippy cherry, moss, and cocoa accented fade. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
87 • Darcie Kent 2005 Merlot, Livermore Valley $28. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of plum, apple sauce, and wet mossy earth follow through on a zesty, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body of tart red and dark berry skins, kale, and cinnamon bark. Finishes with a crisp, firm powdery tannin fade. Give this some time and be rewarded. (tasted on Feb-10-2009)
86 • Desert Wind 2006 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $18.
Plum and woody pencil shaving aromas follow through on a lively entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with prune, pepper, and graphite notes on the zippy fade. A nice quaffer or pair with burgers. (tasted on Feb-05-2009)
86 • Barefoot NV Merlot, California $6.99.
Garnet purple color. Chocolate and plum jam on toast aromas follow through on a supple entry to a fruity medium body with hints of raisins and toffee. Finishes with a zippy, refreshing fade. (tasted on Feb-09-2009)
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