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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)
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 • Pollak Vineyards 2010 Estate, Meritage, Monticello $35. Cellar Selection.
Inviting aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, pickling spices, sandalwood, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, cedar, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A fine table wine. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
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)
89 • Arrow Creek 2012 Meritage, California $17.99.
Garnet color. Attractive nose of berry pie and toffee with a supple, ripe medium body and a concentrated and spicy, fruit-driven finish. A tasty, crowd pleasing red. (tasted on Jun-17-2013)
89 • Bordeleau NV Meritage, Maryland $22.
Ruby black color. Stemmy tomato leaf, cranberry bog, and chocolate nut aromas with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and salty roasted tomato, craisin, and cocoa accented finish. An earthy, savory table wine; pair with lasagna. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
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)