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93 • Jarvis 2008 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $75.
Deep garnet violet color. Rich aromas of plum sauce, white chocolate fudge and pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and savory touch of grilled pepper, toasty praline, caramelized yams, and forest floor on the long finish. Nicely polished merlot that will shine at the table. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
90 • Amizetta Vineyards 2008 Estate, Merlot, Napa Valley $35.
Deep garnet violet color. Bright aromas of eucalyptus, coconut, dill, spicy blackberry-plum chutney, and thyme honey with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, tomato relish, dried citrus and limestone accented finish. A very lively table wine that will go great with steaks and chops. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
90 • B.R. Cohn 2008 Merlot, Sonoma Valley $32.
Aromas of dark chocolate covered cherries and strawberries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, long, dried citrus, honeyed nut and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. Pair this up with a well marbled steak. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
89 • Maryhill 2008 Proprietor's Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley $24.95. Cellar Selection.
Ruby color. Aromas of green and black peppers, and mulberries with a tangy, dryish medium body and a chocolate, nut and gravely earth finish. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
88 • Maryhill 2008 Merlot, Columbia Valley $16.95.
Ruby color. Aromas of cherries, roasted tomato and coffee beans with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, plum skin and dusty earthy finish. A nicely hewn table wine. (tasted on Aug-08-2011)
88 • Rutherford Ranch 2009 Merlot, Napa Valley $18.
Dee garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered roasted nuts and berries with a tangy medium body and a crisp honeyed apple and dusty earth finish. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
88 • Sawyer Cellars 2007 Estate, Merlot, Rutherford, Napa Valley $39.
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of baked berries, tomatoes and peppers with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp nut, roasted root vegetable and earth finish. A rock solid, Bordeaux claret styled wine for the table. (tasted on Jul-18-2011)
88 • Democracy Vineyards 2010 "Emancipation", Merlot, Monticello $17.
Deep ruby garnet color. Rich aromas of dried raspberries and blueberries and dark chocolate with a tart dryish medium body and a bright pomegranate, vanilla bean and dusty earth finish with gripping tannins. A lively food wine; par with spicy Asian beef dishes. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
86 • Flip Flop 2009 Merlot, California $7. Best Buy.
Aromas of dark chocolate covered cherries and honeycomb with a soft, fruity light body and a zippy, strawberry, apple, nut and lime accented finish. A lively sipper. (tasted on Jul-21-2011)
85 • Glen Ellen 2008 Proprietor's Reserve, Merlot, California $10.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry bonbons and chocolate nuts with a soft fruity light-to-medium body and a touch of cedar and spice on the powdery tannin finish. A pleasant quaffer. (tasted on Jul-21-2011)
85 • Cutler Creek NV Merlot, California $3. Best Buy.
Aromas of chocolate nut fudge and toasty berry pie with a silky fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a chewy, craisin, apple sauce, cheese rind, cedar and peppery spice accented finish. A mighty fine burger wine. (tasted on Jul-21-2011)
84 • Cape May 2009 Merlot, New Jersey $19.
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed cherries, pickled okra and cranberry sauce with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar and dusty tannin accented finish. A great choice for Latin flank steaks. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
84 • Johnson Estate 2007 Freelings Creek, Merlot, New York State $14.99.
Deep ruby brick color. Aromas of smoked jerky, chocolate covered berries, and pickling spices with a supple dryish medium body and a cedar shaving and pickled okra accented finish. Serve with beef or pork mole. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
82 • Laurel Lake 2007 Merlot, North Fork of Long Island $19.99.
ruby brick color. Aromas of waxy plum, mulberry blossom and spiced hot chocolate, medicinal with a soft dryish medium body and a tangy tomato chutney and grassy earth accented finish. A nicely structured table wine. (tasted on Jul-25-2011)
81 • Almaden NV Heritage Series, Merlot, California $18/5L.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of smoked nut and melted toffee with a soft, fruity light body and a latte and a dilute apple sauce and lime popsicle finish. (tasted on Jul-21-2011)