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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 • 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 • 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.
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)
90 • Santa Isle 2012 Reserve, Merlot, Central Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of raspberry custard pie, dried lavender, chocolate, pound cake, and herbs with with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, wild strawberry and spice finish. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
90 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2012 Cabernet-Merlot, Michigan $20.
Ruby black color. Aromas of plums, pistachio gelato, roasted tomato, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy and savory blackberry, beet, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A well balanced and stylish table wine. (tasted on May-08-2014)
90 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown, Merlot, Paso Robles $16. Best Buy. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, and baking spice with a silky, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium length, black currant, dried cherry, plum skin, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. This is a Merlot that is not afraid to show its serious side, with chewy, well-integrated tannins that provide excellent structure to the cherry and plum core from start to the well-balanced and satisfying finish. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
90 • Chilcas 2011 Reserva, Merlot, Colchagua Valley $12. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam, eucalyptus, and pistachio toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, plum tart and starfruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid merlot with a nice herbal character. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
90 • Morais 2013 Merlot, Virginia $22.
Dark ruby color. Mellow aromas of flower patch, tomato on the vine, dried cranberry, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, spice, mineral, berry custard, and sandalwood finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylishly balanced merlot with a nice Old World charm. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
90 • Barking Dog 2008 Merlot, Napa Valley $28. Cellar Selection.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, dried raspberry, crushed blackberry, and baking spice with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length, cherry, wild strawberry, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A Merlot that is fun to just drink, but will hold its own at the dinner table. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)