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96 • Jarvis 2009 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented, Merlot, Napa Valley $95.
Chocolate and vanilla toffees, plum pie, and peppery spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, craisin and raspberry finish with elegant tannins. Exceptionally tasty and nicely balanced for sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
90 • Pend d'Oreille 2007 Merlot, Washington $21.
Rich chocolate craisin, roasted root vegetable, and blueberry soufflé aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy berry compote and chewy tannins. A very nice savory merlot for the table. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
90 • Ledson 2007 Reserve, Merlot, Knights Valley $52.
Ruby black color. Mellow aromas of spiced plum, chocolate graham crackers, delicate herbs and cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisin, pepper finish with chewy earth tannins. A serious steak wine with a pleasing Old World character. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
89 • Shiloh Road 2010 Merlot, Sonoma County $16.99.
Ruby black color. Very spicy aromas suggest vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, cedar and eucalyptus with a solid core of dark berry fruit. Supple, dry-yet-fruity and full body with a tangy, blueberry, sandalwood and chocolate covered citrus finish. Lots of pizzaz and structure. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
89 • Cape May 2010 Merlot, New Jersey $18. Cellar Selection.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cocoa dusted pomegranate and craisin with a vibrant, tangy medium-to-full body and a chewy, blueberry, violet candy, mineral, and roasted nut finish with coating, powdery tannins. Nice vibrancy for the table. Will be even better in a couple of years. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
88 • Canyon Wind 2009 Merlot, Grand Valley $19.95.
Garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate mousse and berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lovely salty, smoked nut, mocha, mineral and earthy tannin finish. A rock solid merlot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
88 • Heritage 2010 Merlot, Outer Coastal Plain $25. Cellar Selection.
Garnet color. Toffee, spicy plum pie, and orange marmalade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body with chewy, fried green tomato, cappuccino, and straw-like tannin finish. Nicely structured, but give this some time. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
87 • Grande River Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Grand Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Ruby color. Light aromas of strawberry and vanilla praline with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a bright cranberry and pomegranate sorbet finish. A nice zippy table wine. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)
87 • Darcie Kent 2008 Crown Block, Merlot, Livermore Valley $25.99.
Bright chocolate covered prune and plum tart aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple and lemon accented finish. Nice vibrancy and very table friendly. (tasted on Aug-27-2012)
85 • Domaine Sonoma 2009 Merlot, Sonoma County $12.99.
Ruby black color. Spicy plum pie and chocolate mousse aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a pickled pepper and baked apple accented finish with firm tannins. (tasted on Aug-06-2012)
85 • Johnson Estate 2009 Freelings Creek Reserve, Merlot, New York State $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of dried lemon, lavender, thyme, vanilla bark, and huckleberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp, beet and tart blackberry finish. (tasted on Aug-07-2012)