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96 • Jarvis 2010 Reserve, Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $140.
Garnet violet black color. Elegant aromas of dark berries, chocolate toffee, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, mocha, apple and mineral nuanced finished with perfected integrated tannins. A remarkably flavorful and polished merlot that will be great with filet mignon. (tasted on May-15-2013)
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)
94 • Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $95.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of vanilla cream, root beer, toasty toffee, and plum pie with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mocha, nut, and baking spice driven finish with finely polished tannins. Rich, concentrated, and refined. (tasted on May-15-2013)
94 • Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Merlot, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $48.
Opaque with a ruby red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry compote and vanilla bean. Soft and round with vanilla framed cherry berry flavors. Soft and voluptuous finish. Plenty of soft, fleshy fruit. Hint of roast brisket savoriness on the mid-palate and finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
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)
93 • Delicious 2012 Merlot, Aconcagua Valley $8.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, plums, cherries, and sweet gherkin with a silky, fruity medium body and a cedar, vanilla custard and berry jam on pound cake finish. A very tasty and crowd pleasing red for all occasions. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
93 • Domaine Napa 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $28.99.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, nougat, and spicy berry tartlet with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gorgeously supple and balanced finish with elegant tannins. A textbook Napa Merlot that will rule at the table. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
93 • JAQK Cellars 2008 "Black Clover", Merlot, Napa Valley $46.
Deep ruby black color. Dense chocolate toffee, cherry, and woodsy spice aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy red berry, cocoa, peppercorn, and cedar finish. A zesty, juicy merlot that will sing at the table. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
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)
92 • Malteser Ritterorden 2011 Mailberg, Merlot, Niederösterreich $25.49.
Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and dark berry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, apple and mocha nut fudge accented finish. Quite elegant and balanced oak compliments the fruit. (tasted on Apr-29-2013)
92 • Echeverria 2010 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Curico Valley $11.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Inviting aromas of berries, beeswax, grilled tomatoes and peppers, cocoa and nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, toasty cedar, nut, olive, and grassy earth finish with fine chewy tannins. An excellent fruity and savory sipper or table with meats, especially steak au poivre. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
92 • Magistrate 2011 Merlot, Sonoma County $16.99. Best Buy.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of plum-cherry tart and toffee with a crisp dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy tropical citrus, delicate spice and earth finish. Very flavorful and balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jun-17-2013)
92 • Hagafen 2011 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Napa Valley $32.
Garnet color. Aromas of lipstick, cherries and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy well balanced, creamy mocha finish. A charming table wine. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
92 • Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22, Merlot, California $18. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of black cherry, malted chocolate, and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sweet citrus and dark berry accented finish. A delicious, nicely balanced merlot for all occasions. (tasted on Jul-29-2013)
92 • Grande River Vineyards 2008 Reserve, Merlot, Grand Valley $32.
Red brick color. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts, olives, herbs, and craisin with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sour cherry, spiced plum skin, and chalk finish. A mature, old world styled merlot with a great earthy character. Will be great with short rib. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
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)
91 • Storyteller 2011 "Once Upon a Dream", Merlot, Sonoma County $24.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Dark ruby color. Vibrant aromas of herbs, chocolate mint, menthol, and blueberry crumble with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty dried boysenberry and brown spice finish and chewy tannins. Nice spicy flavors here; serve with rich lamb. (tasted on Jun-17-2013)