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93 • Fifteen Appellations 2009 Meritage, Napa Valley $85. Cellar Selection.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, dried strawberry, vanilla and allspice. Firm, but well integrated tannins frame black cherry, plum, black currant and vanilla flavors with a touch of clove and allspice. Dry, structured and balanced finish indicates potential for aging. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Robert Hall Winery 2010 Meritage, Paso Robles $40. Sustainable Agriculture
Mocha, cassis, dark plums and dried leaves. Nice attack, lively acidify and ample fine tannins are discernible. Very Old World and claret-like. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
91 • Glenora 2011 Meritage, Finger Lakes $24.99.
Pale ruby color. Toasty cherry custard pastry and nut brittle aromas and flavors with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sun-dried tomato, roasted nut, and pencil shaving accented finish. A very nice table wine with great flavor and balance. (tasted on Jan-12-2013)
90 • Somersville Cellars 2009 Meritage Red Wine, Sonoma County $34. Cellar Selection.
Lovely vanilla bean and cream de cassis notes dominate the nose. Easy flavors follow. Plush, supple texture and good gripping tannins (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • Pollak Vineyards 2010 Estate, Meritage, Monticello $35. Cellar Selection.
Inviting aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, pickling spices, sandalwood, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, cedar, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A fine table wine. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
90 • Robert Mondavi 2011 Private Selection, Meritage, Central Coast $11. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, clay, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice balanced cedar and nut accented finish. A very nice table wine that is a dead ringer for a fine Bordeaux red. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
89 • Arrow Creek 2012 Meritage, California $17.99.
Garnet color. Attractive nose of berry pie and toffee with a supple, ripe medium body and a concentrated and spicy, fruit-driven finish. A tasty, crowd pleasing red. (tasted on Jun-17-2013)
89 • Bordeleau NV Meritage, Maryland $22.
Ruby black color. Stemmy tomato leaf, cranberry bog, and chocolate nut aromas with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and salty roasted tomato, craisin, and cocoa accented finish. An earthy, savory table wine; pair with lasagna. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
86 • Eighth Wonder 2012 "Silver Tree", Meritage, Western Cape $9.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet. Dense aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, chocolate mousse, Asian spices, and boysenberry chutney with a supple, dryish medium body and a roasted carrot, arugula, and cedar finish with chewy, clinging tannins. Serve with grilled meats. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)