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91 • Maryhill 2006 Proprietor's Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley $18.
Sumptuous aromas of roasted hazelnuts, melted chocolate, and plum pie follow through on round, supple entry o a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with hints of tobacco, baking spices, and black pepper. Finishes with a long toffee, plum skin, and toasted cedar accented fade with silty tannins. A fabulous food wine to pair with grilled buffalo and boar. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)
89 • Jekel 2006 Merlot, Arroyo Secco $14.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of mocha, poached plum, and toffee follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with good concentration and depth. Finishes with a touch of black cherry and peppery spice. A great sipper or pair with buffalo burgers. (tasted on Jun-29-2009)
89 • Maryhill 2006 Merlot, Columbia Valley $22.
Red garnet purple color. Aromas of clay, plum sorbet, and dried currants follow through on a round, crisp entry to a dryish medium body with creamy vanilla and cigar box notes on the firm powdery tannin fade. Pair with well marbled steaks or duck breast. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)
89 • Alexandria Nicole 2007 "Gravity" Destiny Estate Grown, Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $24.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of plum, cocoa, and earth follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with blackberry and graphite notes. Finishes with warming peppery fade with grainy tannins. A very nice table to pair with spicy Latin beef dishes. (tasted on Jul-04-2009)
88 • R&B Cellars 2007 "Minuet in Merlot", Napa Valley $35.
Bright fruity aromas of cherry pie, strawberry jam, candied orange peel, and wax crayon follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with plum skin, currant, and delicate spice notes. Finishes in a crisp, juicy berry skin and nutty oak tannin fade with peppery, glue-like alcohol. An attractive table wine to pair with spicy Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)
88 • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 Estate, Merlot, Alexander Valley $20.
Interesting aromas of creamy vanilla, pistachio nougat, clay, roasted tomato,blackberry pie follow through on a bright round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with berry skin, sarsaparilla, and cedar notes. finishes with a crisp, praline, mineral, and chewy tannin fade. Nice Old world character and table friendliness. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)
86 • Rotta Winery 2005 Merlot, Paso Robles $16.
Bright ruby color. Chocolate covered strawberry and vanilla fudge aromas and flavors on a round, fruity palate with a touch of baking spices, tomato, and talc on the crisp tannic finish. A zesty picnic wine. (tasted on Jul-06-2009)
86 • Glen Ellen 2007 Reserve, Merlot, California $5.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of plum, cocoa and pencil follow through on a soft, buoyant entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with crisp apple skin and pear notes. Finishes with a zippy, tangy dried orange and spiced nut fade. A refreshing sipper. (tasted on Jul-20-2009)
84 • R&B Cellars 2005 "Metronome", Merlot, Napa County $18.|Find-a-Wine|
Brilliant garnet color. Aromas of currants, fudge, and pickling spices have a faint polished wood like acetone note and follow through on a bright entry to a tang, dryish medium-to-full body with apple cider vinegar, wood glue, and garden patch notes. Finishes with a crisp, dusty nutskin-like tannin fade. Rustic but interesting and funky; pair with venison. (tasted on Jul-13-2009)