2010 Avalon Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1095894 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There are 11,000 cases of the 2010 Merlot (100% Merlot) which was aged 14 months in a combination of French and American oak. A solidly made, competent example of Merlot, it is shocking to find a Napa Valley Merlot priced so low. Notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, red fruit and dusty earth are found in this interesting offering. Drink it over the next several years.  (10/2012)

K&L Notes

Following up on the 2009 vintage, which received 90 points and designated a "Best Buy" from Wine Enthusiast," the 2010 vintage from Avalon represents another killer value in Napa Valley Merlot. Ripe fruit aromas and flavors mix with creamy vanilla and earth spices from oak ageing to deliver a plump, silky Merlot that is hard to resist. Try it with grilled salmon and vegetables seasoned with fresh garden herbs.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.