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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)
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 • 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 • 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)
92 • Curvare 2010 Merlot, Carneros $22. Cellar Selection.
Dar ruby garnet color. Jazzy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie, menthol mint, açai and goji berry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sleek, mouthwatering pomegranate finish with chewy tannins. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)
91 • Storyteller 2011 "Once Upon a Dream", Merlot, Sonoma County $24.99.
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)
91 • Prix 2009 Reserve, Hanna Vineyard, Merlot, Napa Valley $50.
Deep ruby black color. Explosive aromas of sour cherry chutney, nut brittle, cocoa, leather, and Asian spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toasted coconut, menthol tobacco, and peppercorn finish. A flashy, zesty merlot for sipping. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
91 • Beauregard Vineyards 2010 Zayante Vineyard, Merlot, Santa Cruz Mountains $35.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherry tart, nougat, suede, and floral, peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a menthol mint, pomegranate, and herb accented finish. Quite exotic with great acidity for the table. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
91 • PKNT 2011 Reserve, Merlot, Rapel Valley $10.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Creamy vanilla, chocolate orange and lemon peels, and delicate spice with a fruity medium body and a pine, peppercorn, plum skin, and cedar accented finish. A nice table wine; try with duck confit. (tasted on Aug-05-2013)
91 • Chateau Grand Rigaud 2010 Puisseguin St. Emilion $17.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of toffee, blackberry pie a la mode, sandalwood and spice with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy plum, apple, cedar, pepper, and mineral accented finish with fine tannins. An elegant, nuanced dry red for sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)
91 • Taltarni 2009 Three Monks, Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $19.
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of cola, black raspberries, licorice, blackberry jam, root beer and black cherry soda. Dry with dusty tannins and light fruit flavors. Cherry leads the flavors with a balanced finish. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Daniel Gehrs 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $20.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, spicy berry pie, mocha, and a hint of bacon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy finish with notes of vanilla, pickling spices, and poached peaches and apples. Great purity and style. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)