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Recent Reviews - The following reviews were conducted in the last year. Below are 1 through 20 of the 81 recent reviews found.
94 • PEJU 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley $35. Cellar Selection.
Dark ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry tart, pepper, tomato chutney, and floral honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky finish that exhibits notes of nougat, apple skin, and vanilla brittle with chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely structured merlot with solid fruit and tannins the table. (tasted on Jan-19-2015)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2014 Merlot, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and toast with a supple, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, carefree buttercream, spiced plums, eucalyptus, and caramelized carrot finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and a mouthwatering merlot that is sure to please. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
93 • Grgich Hills 2010 Estate Grown, Merlot, Napa Valley $42.
Garnet black color. Rich, exotic aromas and flavors of menthol mint, pomegranate chutney, eucalyptus, and chocolate plums with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish manifesting notes of nuts, caramelized carrot, earth, and mocha with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A dynamic and delicious merlot that will be great at the table with spicy meat dishes. (tasted on Dec-08-2014)
92 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Taylors Winemaker's Project, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Malbec-Cabernet Franc, Clare Valley $25.
Violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced berries and cherries, chocolate mint, and vanilla toffee with a chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing shades of cedar, herbs, peppery spices, and minerals with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A robust and balanced red blend. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
92 • Alexandria Nicole 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard, "Gravity", Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $24.
Opaque garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of coconut brittle and chocolate goji berry with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of plum custard pie, nuts, cocoa powder, and minerals with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely well structured merlot. (tasted on Feb-09-2015)
92 • Amizetta Vineyards 2012 Estate, Merlot, Napa Valley $45.
Dark violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of boysenberry pie, spiced nuts, and vanilla cream with a satiny, lively, body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish with accents of vanilla toffee, roasted nut, and pepper with silky tannins. A lush, sensual red. (tasted on Jan-26-2015)
92 • Folie à Deux 2012 Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County $20. Best Buy.
Dark garnet violet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, spiced plums, waxy honeycomb, and chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of blueberry, pencil shavings, and pepper with light oak. A solid sipper. (tasted on Jan-19-2015)
91 • Falkner 2012 Estate Grown, Merlot, Temecula Valley $28.95.
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and tomatoes, chocolate toffee, plum sauce, and olives with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a charming, medium-length finish with notes of berry pie, potter's clay, and chocolate mint with moderate oak. A savory, slightly rustic, merlot with interesting twists and turns. (tasted on Dec-08-2014)
91 • Pend d'Oreille 2012 Merlot, Washington $21.
Dark garnet violet color. Bright, interesting, savory aromas and flavors of marinated olives and peppers, dried berries, and toffee with a supple, vibrant, medium body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of sour cherries, citrus, and nougat with silky tannins and light oak. A charming merlot that hits all of the high notes. (tasted on Jan-26-2015)
91 • Rios de Chile 2014 Merlot, Central Valley $10. Best Buy.
Opaque dark violet color. Delicate, exotic, complex aromas of malted chocolate cereal, graham cracker cherry pie, dried peach, and leather and whisky barrel with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long clay, pencil shavings, and pomegranate custard finish with silky tannins and light oak. A flavor packed merlot with an exotic flair. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
91 • Rios de Chile 2013 Reserva, Merlot, Cachapoal Valley $14. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, spicy herbal aromas of cracked pepper, cherries, and sandalwood incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted herbs, dark berries, spice, and oak finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fine, chewy merlot with lots of zesty character. (tasted on May-18-2015)
91 • Black Cellar NV Blend 13, Malbec/Merlot, ICB $8.95. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed berries, toffee, and choke cherry preserves with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long spiced nuts, alpine herbs, cedar, and sage finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An attractively spicy, fruit forward red. (tasted on Jun-03-2015)
91 • Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands $30.
Violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of chocolate mint and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, vanilla custard and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with lots of charm. (tasted on Aug-10-2015)
90 • Wine Spots 2012 Merlot, Napa Valley $25.
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie, toffee, and toasted meringue with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming finish with notes of plum, delicate spice, pepper, and cedar with chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, juicy, spot-on merlot. (tasted on Oct-27-2014)
90 • Arabella 2013 Merlot, Western Cape $9.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Bright dark violet garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black plums, black currants, and fruitcake roasted nuts with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, involved, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. (tasted on Nov-17-2014)
90 • Prix 2010 Reserve, Estate Bottled, Merlot, Napa Valley $60.
Dark garnet black color. Bright, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol mint, berry chutney, and eucalyptus oil with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying nuances of salty roasted beets, herb butter, currant jam, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A spot-on spicy merlot that will be excellent with spicy meat dishes. (tasted on Jan-26-2015)
90 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County $20.
Garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of red berries, crayon, and orange pez with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length finish with overtones of marmalade, pepper, and cedar with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively merlot that will shine at the table. (tasted on Jan-19-2015)
90 • Heritage 2012 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain $25.
Dusty ruby color. Bright, interesting, toasty aromas of chocolate espresso beans, cherry fudge, and pickled tomatoes with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, breezy vanilla cream and nougat finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A savory and exotically flavorful merlot with a real sense of place. (tasted on Mar-23-2015)
90 • Mitchelton 2012 Victoria Series, Cabernet-Merlot, Victoria $20.
Dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of cassis tart, cinnamon roll, and coconut praline with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long almond skin, pomegranate ice, and delicate spice finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A lively cabernet with bright, singing acidity. (tasted on Mar-30-2015)
90 • Lucas & Lewellen 2012 Estate Vineyards, Merlot, Santa Barbara County $24.
Brilliant medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, nutty aromas of blackberries, potters clay, and nut skin with a chewy, puckering, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A chewy and stylish merlot with a great texture. (tasted on Jun-01-2015)
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