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87 • Esser Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Monterey $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha, roasted nuts, and spiced plums with a silky, tangy medium body and a refreshingly crisp, blackberry and mineral nuanced finish. (tasted on Feb-03-2014)
86 • Girly Girl 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley $16.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry, honeycomb, blood orange sorbet and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppercorn and earth accented finish. A nice everyday sipper. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
92 • Curvare 2010 Merlot, Carneros $22. Cellar Selection.
Dar ruby garnet color. Jazzy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie, menthol mint, açai and goji berry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sleek, mouthwatering pomegranate finish with chewy tannins. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
89 • Chateau St. Croix 2012 Merlot, American $25. Cellar Selection.
Inky garnet violet color. Aromas of black raspberry custard pie and chocolate Montmorency cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, plum, cocoa, and nutshell finish with dusty tannins. Great acidity and structure. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
89 • Frey 2012 Biodynamic, Merlot, Redwood Valley, Mendocino $20. Certified Organic-Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Dark violet color. Aromas of spiced blackberries, peppercorns, and pistachio gelato with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant, cinnamon, clove, and cedar accented finish. Great spiciness, pair with spicy Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
89 • Wine Spots 2011 Merlot, Napa Valley $25.
Ruby color. Aromas of powdered plum tart and chocolate nut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy blood orange and earth accented finish with nutskin-like tannins. Good varietal character. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
82 • Woodvale Estates 2012 Merlot, California $17.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and nuts, and charcoal with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy, tar and tannin finish. Too much oak and sulfur. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)