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94 • Trinchero 2011 Meritage, Napa Valley $50. Cellar Selection.
Dark garnet violet color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of warm blueberry cobbler, toffee, and dulce de leche gelato with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long finish manifesting notes of blackberry tart, roasted nuts, mint, and earth with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A superb, polished, and structured red blend wine that delivers great pleasure with every sip. (tasted on Feb-02-2015)
92 • Falkner 2011 Special Selection, Meritage, Temecula Valley $42.95.
Garnet color. Lively, savory aromas and flavors of olives, craisin, and herbs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with notes of berry tart, chocolate blueberries, delicate spices, and roasted nuts with silky tannins and light oak. A smooth and well balanced red with great fruit and style. (tasted on Feb-02-2015)
90 • Eighth Wonder 2013 Lively Grove, Meritage, Stellenbosch.
Black ruby color. Delicate, fruity, herbal aromas of baked berries, honey, and pickling spices with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length vanilla nuts, blackberry pie, cedar, and minerals finish with well integrated chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid red with a nice sense of place. (tasted on May-18-2015)
89 • Hauser Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, Pennsylvania $35.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of potpourri, honey cream, cherries, and fancy milled soap with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that presents shades of nuts, mocha, and blood orange with moderate oak. A tasty, layered red that will do well at the table. (tasted on Jan-05-2015)
89 • Eighth Wonder 2011 Silver Tree Reserve, Meritage, Stellenbosch.
Garnet black color. Bright, smoky aromas of spiced pomegranate, salted toffee, and delicate smoky embers with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-length craisin, spiced citrus, whole nuts, and cedar finish with well integrated crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and engaging red for the table. (tasted on May-18-2015)
88 • Opolo Vineyards 2012 "Rhapsody" Meritage, Paso Robles $47.
Dark garnet color. Delicate, creamy aromas of blackberry pie a la mode and toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length creme brulee, nutskin, leafy earth, and cedar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rock solid red. (tasted on Feb-02-2015)
88 • MYKA Cellars 2013 Chloe Meritage, California $14.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Ruby black color. Mild, fruity, floral aromas of honeycomb, boysenberries in cream, and malted chocolate with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cedar and craisins finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A snappy red that will liven up a meal. (tasted on Jul-27-2015)
87 • Solomons Island Winery 2012 "Marytage", American $14.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Interesting, creamy aromas and flavors of warm berry custard and praline with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with notes of sour cherry and nougat with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A tasty, all-purpose red wine. (tasted on Feb-02-2015)
86 • Cambridge 2012 Meritage, Napa Valley $24.99.
Garnet color. Bright aromas of herbal cranberry chutney and rhubarb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery nougat, cedar, and earthy root vegetable finish with light oak. A solid every day red. (tasted on Feb-02-2015)
86 • Eighth Wonder 2012 Silver Tree Reserve, Meritage, Stellenbosch.
Indigo color. Interesting aromas of cornichon, olives, and baked mulberries with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy green apple skin, nutshell, bark, and earth finish with firm grippy tannins and moderate oak. A structured, tannic red that will need time in the cellar. (tasted on May-18-2015)
82 • Great Frogs 2012 Meritage, Anne Arundel County $40.|Find-a-Wine|
Opaque garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of sweet spices and herbs, chocolate berry tart, twigs, and adhesive with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish conveying accents of gherkin, cranberries, toasty cedar, and earth with clunky tannins and heavy oak. A brawny steak wine. (tasted on Jan-05-2015)