87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2010
($35) Bright dark red. Bitter cherry and licorice aromas complicated by espresso and menthol. Supple and juicy, with brisk acidity limiting the sweetness of the dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco and earth flavors. Finishes with dusty tannins and a slight dryness. I'm not sure I would have picked this as merlot.
87 Points | Wine Spectator
84-86 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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