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92 • deLorimier 2010 "Mosaic", Meritage, Alexander Valley $40.
Brick red color. Bold aromas of black currant, black cherry, blackberry, and vanilla spice with a velvety, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, black currant, cigar box, vanilla, and crushed berries finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Go ahead and treat yourself, you deserve the layers of dark fruit, spice, vanilla and cigar box all wrapped up in a silky, juicy package. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
92 • MYKA Cellars 2012 Reserve, "Chloe", Meritage, Santa Clara Valley $35.99. Cellar Selection. Sustainable Agriculture
Dark blue violet ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, leather, grilled nuts, and spiced plums with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a very complex finish with overtones of vanilla meringue and toffee. A wine that would benefit from decanted and or cellar aging. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
91 • CULT X 2011 Meritage, Alexander Valley $56.
Violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate covered berries, vanilla, and delicate berries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, nutty, red apple, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, dusty tannins. Very tasty and structured for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
91 • MYKA Cellars 2012 "Chloe", Meritage, Santa Clara Valley $19.99. Cellar Selection. Sustainable Agriculture
Medium ruby blue violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of raspberry cream, ripe plums, cedar, and cassis with a lightly tannic, lively, bone-dry full body and a warming, very complex, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Nicely balanced complex fruit flavors. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
90 • Falkner 2010 Special Selection, Meritage, Temecula Valley $39.95.
Brick red color. Bold aromas of black currant, damson plum, black pepper, and crushed berries with a dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium length, dried cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and pomegranate finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Bold and sure of itself. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
90 • Treleaven 2012 Meritage, Finger Lakes $27.99.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of plum, raspberry, peppercorns, and aged cheese with a soft, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cherry, plum, plum tomato, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
89 • Robert Hall Winery 2012 Meritage, Paso Robles $40.
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of cherry, red plum, strawberry, and vanilla with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cherry, boysenberry, plum, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Straightforward and correct, a safe Meritage with all that you expect. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
89 • Hauser Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, Pennsylvania $35.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of potpourri, honey cream, cherries, and fancy milled soap with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that presents shades of nuts, mocha, and blood orange with moderate oak. A tasty, layered red that will do well at the table. (tasted on Jan-05-2015)
88 • Robert Mondavi 2012 Private Selection, Meritage, Central Coast $11. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Rich aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry, vanilla, and plum with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with overtones of baking spice, coffee, and blackberry with medium tannins and moderate oak. This Meritage is bold and full with plum, cherry and dark berry notes that are all wrapped up in toothsome tannins with a lingering crisp finish. (tasted on Aug-29-2014)
86 • Hayes Valley 2012 Meritage, Central Coast $12.99. Best Buy. Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing
Dark ruby blue violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis, dried violets, oriental spices, and buttercream with a lightly tannic, lively, dry full body and a warming, elaborate, medium-long finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. Complex nose is very attractive. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
82 • Great Frogs 2012 Meritage, Anne Arundel County $40.|Find-a-Wine|
Opaque garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of sweet spices and herbs, chocolate berry tart, twigs, and adhesive with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish conveying accents of gherkin, cranberries, toasty cedar, and earth with clunky tannins and heavy oak. A brawny steak wine. (tasted on Jan-05-2015)