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Recent Reviews - The following reviews were conducted in the last year. Below are 1 through 20 of the 110 recent reviews found.
93 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Merlot, Clare Valley $19. Best Buy.
Medium ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of restrained blackberries, ripe plums, and toffee with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, very complex long finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delightful juicy red from down under. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
92 • Curvare 2010 Merlot, Carneros $22. Cellar Selection.
Dar ruby garnet color. Jazzy aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry pie, menthol mint, a├žai 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)
92 • Jarvis 2011 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $95.
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, vanilla, spicy nougat, and dried cherries and tomatoes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy plum tart, baking spices and herb bread accented finish. A finesseful and savory merlot that will sing at the table. (tasted on Mar-10-2014)
92 • Wakefield/Taylors 2013 Merlot, Clare Valley $19. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Garnet violet. Attractive aromas of spicy berry pie, vanilla caramel gelato, and chocolate mint with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, blood orange, herb, and spiced apple finish with chewy, appetizing tannins. Very flavorful and stylish. (tasted on Apr-21-2014)
92 • Gemstone 2013 Merlot, South Australia $16. Best Buy.  Certified Organic 
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode and toffee with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long juicy, chocolate mint and honeyed cinnamon raisin toast finish. A deliciously fruity and spicy crowd pleaser. (tasted on Jun-02-2014)
92 • Rutherford Vintners 2010 Merlot, Napa Valley $19.99. Best Buy.
Brick red color. Spicy aromas of cherry, blackberry, pepperoni, and dried herbs with a soft, body and a peppery, complex, medium-long, black cherry, fennel, cured meat, and crushed boysenberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Explosive juicy fruit and meaty flavors, full and robust, balanced by supple tannins and a peppery edge. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
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)
91 • Pend d'Oreille 2009 Merlot, Washington $21.
Garnet color. Aromas of olive, pepper, leather and dried cherries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, mineral, cedar and nut accented finish. A rather elegant Old World styled table wine. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
91 • Westport 2013 "Mermaid", Columbia Valley $27.
Dark garnet color. Oaky aromas of roasted coffee and nuts, chocolate toffee, and berry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a interesting, medium length, mineral, vanilla, and pickled beet finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A lively and lush red blend that is sure to please. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
91 • Barking Dog 2007 Merlot, Napa Valley $28.
Brick red color. Typical aromas of cherry, black currant, blackberry, and vanilla with a velvety, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, cherry, wild strawberry, currants, and baking spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Everything you would be looking for in a Napa Valley cabernet with silky, sexy tannins and balanced oak. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
91 • Esser Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Monterey County $9.99. Best Buy.
Medium blue violet ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries, hint of smoked meat, pan grille, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A youthful grippy merlot. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
91 • Penman Springs 2011 Merlot, Paso Robles $19.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled beets and sweet relish with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish with impressions of dried berries, sweet tobacco, and cocoa with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, versatile merlot. (tasted on Aug-28-2014)
91 • Stephen Vincent 2012 Merlot, Central Coast $12.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Medium violet ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe berries, black raspberry, and fruitcake with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, nuanced medium-long finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A very approachable easy drinking red. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
90 • Domaine Napa 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $27.99.
Aromas of toasty, yeasty raisin challah, black walnut skin, and berry custard with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy cassis juice, tobacco leaf, and green apple skin accented finish with crunchy, earthy tannins. Will work great on the table. (tasted on Dec-09-2013)
90 • Santa Isle 2012 Reserve, Merlot, Central Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of raspberry custard pie, dried lavender, chocolate, pound cake, and herbs with with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, wild strawberry and spice finish. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
90 • Mackinaw Trail Winery 2012 Cabernet-Merlot, Michigan $20.
Ruby black color. Aromas of plums, pistachio gelato, roasted tomato, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy and savory blackberry, beet, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A well balanced and stylish table wine. (tasted on May-08-2014)
90 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown, Merlot, Paso Robles $16. Best Buy.  Sustainability in Practice Certified 
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, boysenberry, blackberry, and baking spice with a silky, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium length, black currant, dried cherry, plum skin, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. This is a Merlot that is not afraid to show its serious side, with chewy, well-integrated tannins that provide excellent structure to the cherry and plum core from start to the well-balanced and satisfying finish. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
90 • Chilcas 2011 Reserva, Merlot, Colchagua Valley $12. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam, eucalyptus, and pistachio toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, plum tart and starfruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid merlot with a nice herbal character. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
90 • Morais 2013 Merlot, Virginia $22.
Dark ruby color. Mellow aromas of flower patch, tomato on the vine, dried cranberry, and nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, spice, mineral, berry custard, and sandalwood finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylishly balanced merlot with a nice Old World charm. (tasted on Aug-06-2014)
90 • Barking Dog 2008 Merlot, Napa Valley $28. Cellar Selection.
Brick red color. Lively aromas of cherry, dried raspberry, crushed blackberry, and baking spice with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length, cherry, wild strawberry, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A Merlot that is fun to just drink, but will hold its own at the dinner table. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
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