• Steele Merlot Lake County 2015

    Brilliant, deep ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of red cherry, vanilla, and oak with supporting notes of dried herbs, and red currantt. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of red berries with brown baking spices. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a voluptuous texture. $20 – 3.5 Stars – 89 points

  • Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Sonoma Valley 2014

    Brilliant, dark ruby color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of black cherry, violet, and plum with supporting notes of blackberry, five spice, and tapenade. The palate confirms the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of crushed berries and earth. The finish is long and lingering with chewy tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a supple texture. $35 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Be Bordo Le Fruity Red Bordeaux 2014

    Lively, ruby red color. The nose is filled with scents of red cherries and plum supported by accents of mint, earth, and oak. The palate echoes the nose with a dry fruit core flanked by subtle spice and earth notes and finishing with a dense mineral note. Medium-bodied with ideal balance thanks to a fresh dose of acidity and moderate tannins. $11.99 – 3.5 Stars – 87 points

  • Falesco Montiano Merlot Lazio IGP 2012

    Deep ruby to garnet red color. The nose is complex and expressive with dense black cherry and black berry notes supported by an exotic brown baking spice mélange, dark chocolate, and sexy oak accents. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a lush and dense fruit core with spice, oak, and subtle earth notes perfectly woven into the fabric. Full-bodied with the kind of power, grace, and balance found only in top class wines. Made with 100% Merlot. $50 – 5 Stars – 97 points

  • Barlow Merlot Calistoga, Napa Valley 2012

    Deep, dense purple color. The nose is absolutely beautiful offering up scents of ripe raspberry and red cherry with generous accents of vanilla, wild strawberries, currants, and sweet oak. The palate echoes the nose giving waves of flavors of ripe fruit with semi-tart berry nuance, allspice, vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, and oak. This beautiful Merlot is medium to full-bodied and perfectly proportioned with silky layers of fruit and soft, chewy tannins. $35 – 4.5 Stars – 94 points

  • Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Station Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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    Deep garnet to ruby red color. The aromatics are incredibly deep with layers of red and black cherry with hints of raspberry, blackberry, plum, cocoa nibs, allspice, anise, vanilla bean accented toasted oak, herbes de Provence, and black pepper. The palate is equal to the nose delivering an impossibly complex array of berry fruits with spice, earth, oak, and more subtle nuances than can be documented here. Full-bodied and wonderfully structured and silky with countless layers and perfectly integrated tannins. $75 – 5 Stars – 100 points

  • Donati Family Vineyard Merlot Paicines 2012

    Deep, dark garnet red color with hints of ruby. Dense, ripe red and black cherries take the lead with a generous dose of brown baking spices in support. The palate echoes the nose with tart cherries supporting the ripe fruit, notes of wet earth, mineral, toasted oak. and hints of black pepper. This is a big and bold wine with great balance as well offering a bright dose of acidity and soft tannins. $25 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Kennedy Shah Merlot Columbia Valley 2012

    Deep garnet red color. Dense, concentrated red and black berries take the lead with mineral, earth, and brown spices in support. The palate is just as rich with black cherry taking the lead with accents of cassis, coffee bean, earth, and oak. This is a bold Merlot with moderate, firm tannins, and long lingering earth tones. $14 – 3 Stars – 85 points

  • Pietra Santa Merlot Cienega Valley 2010

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    Beautiful deep ruby to garnet red color. The aromatics are complex and refined with black cherries and plum in the lead with accents of dry earth, mineral, cedar, bark and cigar box. The palate is true to the nose delivering a complex and subtle fruit attack with a generous dose of earth, forest floor, black pepper, and semi-tart cherries. Ideally proportioned with a generous dose of acid and moderate, dry tannins. This wine is all about the superb balance. There is plenty here to chew on but the charm is found in its multi layers. Made with 100% Merlot. $18 – 4.5 Stars – 95 points

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