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95 • PEJU 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $35.
Tangy dark berries and a persistent "sense of place" on the nose. Deliciously rich fruit and oak spice flavors follow with great length and style. An elegant powerhouse of a Merlot. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
93 • Reynolds Family Winery 2009 Merlot, Stags Leap District $48. Cellar Selection.
Mulberries and black currants with a light herbaceous note peaking through. Later a nice earthy "Graves-like" profile came to mind. Easy, rich balanced flavors. Ample fine tannins bode well for this wine. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
92 • PEJU 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley $35.
Enticing nose of blackberries and dark plums within a nice toasty framework. Rich entry and a long, warm, spicy finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
92 • RoxyAnn 2009 Merlot, Rogue Valley $25.
Attractive aromas of baked plum, delicate spice, cocoa and honeycomb with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, mineral and dried cherry accented finish. Great purity, directness, and sense of place. A fine table companion. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
92 • Martha Clara Vineyard 2010 Estate Reserve, Merlot, North Fork of Long Island $32.99.
Lovely spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and cranberry coulis with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, mouthwatering finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. A delicious and vivacious table wine. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
92 • Midnight 2009 Estate, Merlot, Paso Robles.
Nice lively nose of plum pudding and black currants. Later a hint of violets. rich attack good length and structure. Slight impression of sweetness wrapped up with fine tannins. A beautiful merlot. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
91 • Schug 2008 Heritage Reserve, Merlot, Carneros $35.
Rich aromas of chocolate, boysenberry jam, and delicate spice with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body medium body and a honeyed apple, blood orange, and spiced praline nut finish with crunchy tannins. A wonderfully spicy and food friendly merlot that will be great with spicy lamb dishes. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
90 • Robert Hall Winery 2010 Merlot, Paso Robles $18. Cellar Selection. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Deep dark roasted fruit notes define the nose with a nice walnut skin back note. Richly textured and very well balanced. It has the requisite structure to improve with age. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • Maryhill 2009 Proprietor's Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley $24.95.
Very aromatic, ripe black currants and a nice mocha powder. Rounded supple flavors with a gentle finish. A fine wine to savor. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
90 • Frei Brothers 2010 Reserve, Merlot, Dry Creek Valley $20.
Brambly, dried twigs and a light plum scent defines the bouquet. Rich entry with refreshing tangy acidity lifting the flavors. Nice lingering finish. The wine is at its peak drinkability now. Moo Shoo Pork is the match. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
89 • Martha Clara Vineyard 2010 Merlot, North Fork of Long Island $22.99.
Rich aromas of roasted coffee beans, grilled plums and tomatoes on the vine with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and roasted nut, mineral, and cherry-green tomato jam accented finish with dusty tannins. A very nice food wine. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
89 • Schug 2009 Merlot, Sonoma Valley $30.
Black currants, gravely notes and later a hint of black plums and candied violets. Lean, restrained balanced flavors follow - very old world "right bank" style. Ample fine tannins. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
88 • Morais 2011 Merlot, Virginia $18.
Limpid ruby color. Aromas of honeycomb, cherries, pressed peony, and tomato on the vine with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, cocoa, cedar and earth accented finish. A refreshing and earthy merlot for the table. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
87 • Mirassou 2010 Merlot, California $12. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of spicy berry compote and cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty citrus, mineral and roasted nut accented finish. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
87 • Two Rivers 2011 Merlot, Grand Valley $13.40. Best Buy.
Aromas of waxy honeycomb, chocolate, and plum pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy, plum skin, pear and melon accented finish with chewy, dusty tannins. A nice choice for steak fajitas or Latin steaks. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
86 • Morais 2012 Merlot, Virginia $18.
Rich ruby color. Aromas and flavors of Montmorency cherries, sweet pepper, and honey gelato with a crisp, tangy medium body and a honey spiced nut, apple, cherry pit, and firm, earthy tannins. Need a little time. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
86 • Turning Leaf 2011 Merlot, California $8. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of mocha and pie pie crust with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spiced apple and honey accented finish. A pleasant sipper or burger wine. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
86 • Peirano 2011 Heritage Collection, "Six Clones", Merlot, Lodi $12.99. Best Buy.
Medium-light ruby robe with a strawberry cast. Subtle notes of toasted twigs/bramble. Green plum notes and a bit of turned earth. Easy simple flavors make this a nice sipper. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
85 • Redwood Creek 2011 Merlot, California $8.
Ruby garnet color. Mild aromas of craisin, cocoa, and plum with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, toasty finish. A nice sipper. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
85 • Crow River NV Merlot, California $14.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Red brick color. Aromas of chocolate plums and pepper aromas with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body smooth, tangy honeyed baked apple finish. A very pleasant sipper. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)