88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($36; aged for 28 months in barrel) Deep red. Currant, plum, leather and smoke on the nose, with a whiff of game. Broad, supple and plummy, with a restrained sweetness and a bit of Bordeaux like funk. Finishes with fairly serious tannins and a medicinal quality. Not a particularly sweet style of merlot.
82-85 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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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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