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Angeline Merlot Sonoma County
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Good wine after breathing
by Coquin13471609
Right out of the bottle this Merlot is a bit spicy for my palate. But after a while of breathing it mellows out and is smooth and easy drinking. I recommend it.
A delicious merlot
by Minick13220100
We had this merlot the other night on the recommendation of the folks at Beltway. Where has it been hiding?! Delicious, full-bodied and smooth.
2005 Angeline Merlot = Winemaking Genuis
by Thumper 12141604
Courtney Benham is among the most successful "middle level" vintners in CA. His wines run from the modestly priced "Angeline" line; through the "Courtney Benham County Series;" all the way up to the highly acclaimed "Martin Ray" offerings. For my money he's a borderline winemaking genius producing delicious low priced wines literally from scrap fruit bought at auction. This inexpensive 2005 "Angeline" Merlot is more than worthy of your attention at this price point. There are no "negative" facets despite it's modest "QPR." It is rich and complex enough to serve as a fun party sipper with finger food. It's also robust enough to enjoy with hearty grilled meat and rich cheese dishes.

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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