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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 • 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 • 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 • 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)
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)
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.
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)
91 • Line 39 2011 Merlot, Central Coast $10. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed berries and nut have a hint of bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nice dash of roasted citrus, apple, and cedar on the finish. A very well balanced, flavorful, and pure merlot. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
91 • Maison Schröder & Schÿler 2011 Private Réserve, Saint-Emilion $19.99. Cellar Selection.
Aromas and flavors of plum tart, chocolate nuts, peppery spice and cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, ripe blackberry and cream accented finish. Well poised, subtle, and elegant. (tasted on Sep-30-2013)
91 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 Merlot, Clare Valley $17.99. Best Buy.
Dark garnet color. Rich aromas and flavors of mixed berry custard pie, milk chocolate mousse, and delicate lavender and pickling herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spice pear, cedar, and crunchy tannin finish. A lovely, well structured sipper or table wine to serve with spicy, grilled meats. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Taltarni 2009 "Three Monks", Cab-Merlot-Petit Verdot, Victoria $20.
Dark garnet color. Earthy and fruity aromas of dried flowers and herbs, cocoa, meringue, pickling spices, and cassis jam with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy, pomegranate and cedar accented finish. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Hammersky Vineyards 2010 "Red Handed", Merlot, Paso Robles $49.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Opaque with a velvet rim and lightly stained legs. Aromas of lingonberry, black raspberry, maraschino cherry, vanilla and nutmeg. Full, soft and dry with notes of licorice, black plum and cherry skin along with sweet vanilla and a hint of cedar. A big, serious Merlot. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)