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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)
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)
92 • Jarvis 2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $95.
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, vanilla, spicy nougat, and dried cherries and tomatoes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy plum tart, baking spices and herb bread accented finish. A finesseful and savory merlot that will sing at the table. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Merlot, Clare Valley $19. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Garnet violet. Attractive aromas of spicy berry pie, vanilla caramel gelato, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, herb, and spiced apple finish with chewy, appetizing tannins. Very flavorful and stylish. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
92 • Gemstone 2013 Merlot, South Australia $16. Best Buy. Certified Organic
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and toffee with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long juicy, chocolate mint and honeyed cinnamon raisin toast finish. A deliciously fruity and spicy crowd pleaser. (tasted on Jun-02-2014)
92 • Rutherford Vintners 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley $19.99. Best Buy.
Brick red color. Spicy aromas of cherry, blackberry, pepperoni, and dried herbs with a soft, body and a peppery, complex, medium-long, black cherry, fennel, cured meat, and crushed boysenberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Explosive juicy fruit and meaty flavors, full and robust, balanced by supple tannins and a peppery edge. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
91 • Taltarni 2009 Three Monks, Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $19.
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of cola, black raspberries, licorice, blackberry jam, root beer and black cherry soda. Dry with dusty tannins and light fruit flavors. Cherry leads the flavors with a balanced finish. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $20.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, spicy berry pie, mocha, and a hint of bacon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy finish with notes of vanilla, pickling spices, and poached peaches and apples. Great purity and style. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Line 39 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $10. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Maison Schröder & Schÿler 2011 Private Réserve, Saint-Emilion $19.99. Cellar Selection.
Aromas and flavors of plum tart, chocolate nuts, peppery spice and cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, ripe blackberry and cream accented finish. Well poised, subtle, and elegant. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)
91 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 Merlot, Clare Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of mixed berry custard pie, milk chocolate mousse, and delicate lavender and pickling herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spice pear, cedar, and crunchy tannin finish. A lovely, well structured sipper or table wine to serve with spicy, grilled meats. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Taltarni 2009 "Three Monks", Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $20.
Dark garnet color. Earthy and fruity aromas of dried flowers and herbs, cocoa, meringue, pickling spices, and cassis jam with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy, pomegranate and cedar accented finish. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
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)
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)
91 • Westport 2013 "Mermaid", Columbia Valley $27.
Dark garnet color. Oaky aromas of roasted coffee and nuts, chocolate toffee, and berry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a interesting, medium length, mineral, vanilla, and pickled beet finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A lively and lush red blend that is sure to please. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
91 • Barking Dog 2007 Merlot, Napa Valley $28.
Brick red color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, blackberry, and vanilla with a velvety, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, cherry, wild strawberry, currants, and baking spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Everything you would be looking for in a Napa Valley cabernet with silky, sexy tannins and balanced oak. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
90 • Bogle 2011 Merlot, California $9. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, plum and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice, chewy nougat, grilled apple and earthy beet accented finish. Nice range of fruity and savory favors for sipping or the table. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
90 • Château Julien 2011 Merlot, Monterey County $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of red cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, freshly tilled soil and a light vanilla note. Bright cherry flavors are elegantly balanced with soft tannins and a touch of vanilla. Not over the top anywhere, but seamless from aroma, to flavor, to soft finish. (tasted on Sep-17-2013)
90 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2011 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley $20.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of beeswax, olive skin, and dried currants and meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy plum skin and cedar accented finish with chewy tannins. Very nice balance, savoriness, and restraint. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
90 • Domaine Napa 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $27.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)