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92 • Avalon 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley $14. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries and caramelized bacon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, smoothly balanced vanilla kissed finish. Very tasty and poised. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
91 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Wetzel Family Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley $20.
Complex aromas of spiced plum, cherry, cocoa, and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory spiced apple and earth driven finish with fine, chewy tannins. A great balanced choice for the table. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
90 • Amizetta Vineyards 2009 Terraced Hillside Estate, Merlot, Napa Valley $34.
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of eucalyptus, juniper, cardamom and plum chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plump chocolate covered berry and spice finish. Delicious and lively. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
89 • Reynolds Family Winery 2008 Merlot, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $45.
Chocolate covered cherry aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zippy, dried apple and pear and spiced nut finish. A fresh flavorful sipper or table wine. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
89 • Penns Woods 2005 Reserve, Merlot, Pennsylvania $40.
Ruby black-brown color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, plums, cocoa and embers with lively, fruity-yet-dry medium body and spiced apple, damp earth, nutskin, and peppercorn snaps on the juicy finish. Nice zesty complexity for the table. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
88 • Hawk Haven 2009 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain $34.
Ruby red color. Aromas of plum pudding and tomato chutney with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice kiss of vanilla and peppery spices on the gentle finish. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
87 • Valley Legend 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $25.
Deep ruby red color. Aromas of dark chocolate, honeycomb, and char-roasted nuts with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a chewy green apple and craisin finish. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
86 • Lynfred 2008 Merlot, Lodi $25.25.
Light ruby color. Aromas of melted toffee, sour cherry and Playdoh with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, chocolate mousse and berry gelato finish. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
86 • Heritage 2010 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain $25. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of blueberry cobbler a la mode and honeycomb with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, cranberry scone, dust apple skin and pomegranate finish with leafy tannins. Needs a little time. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)
83 • Canyon Wind 2007 Merlot, Grand Valley $19.95.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aromas of choke cherry jelly and tomato patch with a dry, light-to-medium body and a dilute, dusty, papery finish. (tasted on Feb-13-2012)