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93 • Fifteen Appellations 2009 Meritage, Napa Valley $85. Cellar Selection.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, dried strawberry, vanilla and allspice. Firm, but well integrated tannins frame black cherry, plum, black currant and vanilla flavors with a touch of clove and allspice. Dry, structured and balanced finish indicates potential for aging. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • deLorimier 2010 "Mosaic", Meritage, Alexander Valley $40.
Brick red color. Bold aromas of black currant, black cherry, blackberry, and vanilla spice with a velvety, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, black currant, cigar box, vanilla, and crushed berries finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Go ahead and treat yourself, you deserve the layers of dark fruit, spice, vanilla and cigar box all wrapped up in a silky, juicy package. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
91 • Coda Rossa 2011 Meritage, American $18. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of olives, dried berries, and chocolate nuts with a tangy, medium-to-full body and refreshing craisin, spice, and delicate cedar accented finish. Excellent balance and vibrancy for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
91 • CULT X 2011 Meritage, Alexander Valley $56.
Violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate covered berries, vanilla, and delicate berries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, nutty, red apple, cedar, and earth accented finish with fine, dusty tannins. Very tasty and structured for sipping or the table. (tasted on Feb-17-2014)
90 • Robert Mondavi 2011 Private Selection, Meritage, Central Coast $11. Best Buy.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, clay, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice balanced cedar and nut accented finish. A very nice table wine that is a dead ringer for a fine Bordeaux red. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
90 • Great Frogs 2012 Meritage, Maryland $32. Cellar Selection.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of black walnut pie, bourbon barrel, spiced cranberries and figs, and vanilla brittle with a tangy medium-to-full body and a long, tart blackberry, spiced chocolate, and cedar finish with chewy oak tannins. A nice choice for the table now, but give this a little time for the tannins to round out. (tasted on Jan-16-2014)
90 • Falkner 2010 Special Selection, Meritage, Temecula Valley $39.95.
Brick red color. Bold aromas of black currant, damson plum, black pepper, and crushed berries with a dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium length, dried cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and pomegranate finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Bold and sure of itself. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
90 • Treleaven 2012 Meritage, Finger Lakes $27.99.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of plum, raspberry, peppercorns, and aged cheese with a soft, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cherry, plum, plum tomato, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
89 • Robert Hall Winery 2012 Meritage, Paso Robles $40.
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of cherry, red plum, strawberry, and vanilla with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cherry, boysenberry, plum, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Straightforward and correct, a safe Meritage with all that you expect. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
86 • Eighth Wonder 2012 "Silver Tree", Meritage, Western Cape $9.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Garnet. Dense aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, chocolate mousse, Asian spices, and boysenberry chutney with a supple, dryish medium body and a roasted carrot, arugula, and cedar finish with chewy, clinging tannins. Serve with grilled meats. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)