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91 • Elk Run 2010 Cold Friday Vineyard, Merlot, Linganore $22.94.
Dusty garnet color. Expressive aromas of spiced plums and dried flowers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plush, chocolate, açai and rooibos tea finish. A great food wine. (tasted on Jan-24-2012)
89 • Treleaven 2007 Merlot, New York State $16.99.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of roasted pistachio, gherkin, and boysenberry compote with a supple, dryish medium body and polished, savory artichoke and spice accented finish. A very nice sipper or table wine. (tasted on Jan-30-2012)
88 • Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2008 Merlot, Grand Valley $15. Best Buy.
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of baked plum, cocoa and tomato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and pomegranate, cherry and peppery spice finish. A nice choice for the table. (tasted on Feb-06-2012)
87 • Unionville Vineyards 2010 "Fox Series", Merlot, New Jersey $15.95.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of crayon shavings, plum pudding, tomato on the vine, and peppered nuts with a silky, dry medium body and a tannic, balm-like finish. (tasted on Jan-30-2012)
86 • Sharrott 2010 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain $17.99. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet color. Bright floral apricot and cherry jam aromas with a supple dryish medium body and a crisp, herbal tea-like, chewy tannin finish. Needs food and time. (tasted on Jan-30-2012)