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2013 Super Substance "Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Merlot (Previously $50)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reviewed last year under the K Vintners label, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Northridge is a serious effort that’s reminiscent of a top flight Pomerol. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as ample black currants, plums, wet clay and earth in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated, layered package that’s already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well over the following 10-15 years. 94+ points. (JD)" (6/2016) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Brooding aromas of blackberry seed, black currant and licoric ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


2013 Rombauer Carneros Merlot Back In Stock!
2013 Rombauer Carneros Merlot

90 points Wine Spectator: "Plump and supple, with red currant and rose petal aromas and elegantly complex flavors of black cherry, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2026. 14,100 cases made." (11/2016) K&L Notes: When you hear the name Rombauer you probably think of buttery, toasty Chardonnay, but did you know that the first wine made by Rombauer Vineyards was a Cabernet Sauvignon in 1980 and it's first Merlot in 1983? From the winery: "Merlot’s finest qualities emerge in cooler climates and clay soils, thus it is ideally suited for the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern e... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 90

2013 Simi Sonoma County Merlot

Much of the fruit for this luscious red comes from Simi's Red Fan and Los Amigos estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, with the remainder sourced from across Sonoma. The 2013 growing season was particularly friendly to red grapes, allowing them to develop concentrated, elegant flavors and bright acidity. The 2013 Simi Sonoma County Merlot is a blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec aged for 14 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels of which 24% was new. Deep garnet with touches of ruby on the edges, this wine has an... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very much on point with respect to its variety's classic and close-to-succulent, dark cherry fruit but a well-balanced Merlot with a keen tannic spine and one that never errs to softness or loses its way to pushy ripeness, this continuous, nicely extracted version hints quietly at Cabernet in its solid, slightly tighter structure. It already shows plenty of depth and good range, yet it is bound to impress even more if set aside and given the chance to develop for another three to five years." (4/2017) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $60) Top Pick!
2014 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $60)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tart black cherry meets plum, strawberry and clove, while softened tannins belie the wine’s overall density and sense of generosity. A smoky waft of cigar amplifies the power and sinewy nature of the fullbodied wine, which is ready to lie down for a rest. Enjoy best 2020 through 2024. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (6/2017) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Shafer also makes one of the better Merlots. The 2014 Merlot includes 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and is a beauty. Mocha and chocolaty notes intermixed with red cherry, plum and blacker fruits jump from the glass of this perfumed and fragrant styl ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

97 points James Suckling: "Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold." (1/2017) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Merlot is a blend of 94.5% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has a dense purple color, although not as saturated as the 2015 or 2013, with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression ...Read More » 


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2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (375ml)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very much on point with respect to its variety’s classic and close-to-succulent, dark cherry fruit but a well-balanced Merlot with a keen tannic spine and one that never errs to softness or loses its way to pushy ripeness, this continuous, nicely extracted version hints quietly at Cabernet in its solid, slightly tighter structure. It already shows plenty of depth and good range, yet it is bound to impress even more if set aside and given the chance to develop for another three to five years." (4/2017) K&L Notes: This Merlot-dominated blend reminds us why Duckhorn ear... Read More » 


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2012 Provenance Napa Valley Merlot

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Merlot Barrel Select ratchets up things rather nicely, with more mocha, black cherry fruit, slightly more body, deeper color and more substance and depth. This wine should turn out to be quite nice. (RP)" (10/2014)  


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2012 J. Bookwalter "Foreshadow" Columbia Valley Merlot (Elsewhere $30)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lighter in color, this blend of Conner Lee, Red Mountain Vineyard and Elephant Mountain fruit has aromas of freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, toasty barrel spices and red fruit, with the barrel notes taking the lead. It's silky-soft in feel, with generous raspberry flavors that show a pleasing sense of balance, all backed by a light squeeze of tannins." (7/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Foreshadow Merlot (aged 18 months in 50% new large-format French oak) has a slightly forward, superficial feel to go with lots of toasted ...Read More » 


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WE 90

2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

92 points Vinous: "Ridge's 2014 Merlot Estate possesses notable purity of fruit, brilliant aromatic presence and fabulous balance. Pliant, open-knit and super-expressive, Ridge's Merlot is a terrific choice for readers who are just starting to get to know the Ridge wines, as it can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. What a joy it is to taste the 2014 today. Sadly, there will be no 2015, as yields were punishingly low. (AG)" (8/2017) 91 points Rhone Report: "Also inky colored, the 2014 Merlot Estate (100% Merlot) offers lots of ripe black cherry, white chocolate, espresso roast, and licorice in a sup ...Read More » 


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2014 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

Wine Enthusiast: "he aromas on this wine are quite reticent but the palate delivers plenty of smooth, sensuous cherry and vanilla flavors. Dark chocolate notes persist on the finish." (6/2017) Wine Spectator: "A lively red, with cherry and tobacco aromas and zesty, medium-bodied plum, anise and spice flavors. Drink now through 2020. 67,000 cases made." (5/2017) K&L Notes: Horse Heaven Hills is located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, where dry and sunny conditions evenly ripen the grapes. This 100% Merlot bottling was aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak (1/3 new). 


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2014 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot

Wine Spectator: "Dark and tangy, with an earthy bite to the juicy blackberry flavors on a medium frame, finishing with savory intensity and firm tannins. Best after 2018. (HS, Web-2016)"  


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2005 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot

A juicy, full-bodied merlot jam-packed with aromas of cherry, briar fruit, cedar and anise. On the palate, the wine opens up in layers, adding black plum to the cherry, briar fruit and licorice notes, finishing with hints of dark chocolate and fine tannins. Just what you'd expect from this Napa Valley superstar. 


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2013 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This very deep and involving wine is definitively Merlot in its unwavering focus on concentrated black cherries, yet it is far more than simply fruity and reveals lovely, sweet oak support with gentle notes of fresh loam. It has plenty of weight but is carefully constructed and matches richness with considerable refinement, and, if it progressively firms and tightens a touch as it crosses the palate, it exhibits remarkable stamina and fruity strength. It serves to remind that top-flight Merlot deserves a special place in the cellar, and it takes its accu ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

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CG 93 WE 92

2014 Gainey Santa Ynez Valley Merlot

As one of the pioneer's of winemaking in the Santa Ynez Valley the Gainey's have made many great wines over the last 4 decades. The problem is that they are still a little known name in the wine conversation and that is a shame because they have made a ton of great wines over the years and were practicing sustainability and organic farming way before those things became buzz words in the business. Owning over 1500 acres in the area they have numerous, non-contiguous, estate vineyards and also farm fruit, vegetables, cattle, horses and hay. We think this ... Read More » 


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2013 Blacksmith Atlas Peak Merlot

Deep and rich, this full-bodied Merlot displays notes of sun-dried cherries, dark chocolate, pepper and a hint of baking spice. Perfect alongside a plate of ribs or chicken and mole sauce. 


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2013 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted two Merlots from Freemark Abbey. The 2013 Merlot Napa, which comes from multiple sources, is their biggest cuvée (89.1% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec aged almost 16 months in oak). A deep ruby color, with notes of mocha, white chocolate, black cherry and dried herbs, the wine is medium-bodied, shows loads of supple, lush fruit, easygoing soft tannin and a round juiciness. Isn’t this exactly what buyers of Merlot are looking for? (RP)" (12/2015)  


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1996 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it be better than the 1997? The wine is opaque black/purple-colored, with a knock-out nose of plums, black cherries, chocolate, raspberries, licorice, and toasty new oak. Viscous in the mouth, with superb purity, this is a riveting, mind-boggling Merlot that sets a new reference point for this varietal in California. It can be drunk now, but has the potential to last for 15 or more ...Read More » 


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2013 Darioush "Signature" Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Two Stars* Big, bold and powerful as is the wont of Darioush Merlots with sweet oak and dense, dark cherry fruit to spare, this fully ripe and impressively stuffed working will find no complaints for lack of volume or richness. It is pushed to the limits without stepping over the line, and its unabashed succulence is tempered by lots of tightening back-palate tannins that guarantee very positive, long-term growth. A minimum investment of a half-decade is clearly called for here, and it is guaranteed to handsomely repay ten years or more." (11/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 20 ...Read More » 


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2005 Robert Foley Napa Valley Merlot

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The charming 2005 Merlot exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of mocha, black cherries, smoke, and earth. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied Merlot is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (12/2007) Wine Spectator: "Focused and rich, yet still supple, with ripe black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas followed by layered blackberry and espresso flavors that finish with firm tannins. (TF)" (5/2008)  


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2015 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Merlot Blueline Estate is 82% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. This is a big jump up from the 2014 – a sexy lush fruit bomb with plenty of white chocolate, espresso bean, background oak and loads of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a nice chocolaty edge. This is a sexy beast to drink over the next 10+ years. Tony Biagi, the winemaker at Hourglass, is one of my favorite personalities in the valley. I met him years ago when he was the winemaker at Plumpjack. He is now handling both Hourglass estates, wh ...Read More » 


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2001 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot

95 points Wine Spectator: "A magnificent Merlot, with gorgeous fruit that's ripe, rich and distinctive. The bounty of complex flavors includes enticing black cherry, currant, blackberry and spice, with a smooth chocolaty aftertaste. *Wine of the Year 2003* (JL)" (12/2003) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, Paloma’s full-bodied 2001 offers up a gorgeous display of black currant and mocha-infused fruit that cuts a large swath across the palate. (RP)" (12/2003) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Captivating nose combines black fruits, violet, brown spices, chocolate and earth. Sweet and crea ...Read More » 


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2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (1.5L)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Very much on point with respect to its variety’s classic and close-to-succulent, dark cherry fruit but a well-balanced Merlot with a keen tannic spine and one that never errs to softness or loses its way to pushy ripeness, this continuous, nicely extracted version hints quietly at Cabernet in its solid, slightly tighter structure. It already shows plenty of depth and good range, yet it is bound to impress even more if set aside and given the chance to develop for another three to five years." (4/2017) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Duckhorn takes the soft lushness of merlot and brings a ...Read More » 


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2005 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard will easily convince skeptics that good Merlot can be voluptuous and sexy. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of black cherry jam interwoven with chocolate fudge, espresso, and toasty oak. Succulent and fleshy, it is all that a California Merlot should be. (RP)" (12/2007) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers fragrant plum and cassis aromas, with rich, ripe and supple flavors that show accents of white pepper, Asian spice and toasty oak. Builds depth and intensity on the finish." (10/2008)  


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RP 93 WS 91

2011 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Silky and juicy, with briary dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors framed and lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with serious oak tannins and excellent length. Offers a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness." (5/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a sleek and fleshy texture, with black cherry and dusty herb aromas. The flavors are focused and somewhat tight at the core, presenting notes of red currant, bitter chocolate, cedar and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2020. (Web-2014)"  


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ST 90 WS 90

2004 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

92+ points Robert Parker: "Unlike the majority of Merlots in the marketplace, Switchback Ridge’s 2004 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard is the real deal. Wonderful scents of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, black cherries, and plums soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored offering. Opulent, full-bodied, and chewy with sensational texture and purity, it is a fleshy, succulent Merlot to consume over the next decade." (12/06) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and deeply structured, with blackberry, toasty oak and spice aromas leading to ripe, den... Read More » 


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RP 92 WS 92


2015 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Along with DeLille, Leonetti's Merlot is always a contender for the Merlot of the vintage. The 2015 Walla Walla Merlot sports a vibrant purple color to go with gorgeously fresh notes of red plum, black cherries intermixed with notes of graphite and spring flowers. Supple, polished and fruit-forward, with light tannin and good concentration, it's already hard to resist and made in a forward, delicious style. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)" (6/2017) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Well-structured and polished, with expressive red currant and orange zest aromas that o ...Read More » 


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RP 93 WS 93

2007 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Wine Spectator: "Luscious, sleek and complex, with floral red currant and Asian spice aromas that lead to layered, concentrated flavors of black cherry, white pepper and sweet cinnamon oak." (10/2010) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of plum, chocolate and graphite, plus an exotic element of coconutty oak. In a distinctly sweet, plush style, with a somewhat medicinal chocolate-and-coffee quality to the moderately deep plum and herbal flavors. Finishes with dusty tannins and decent length. (ST)" (5/2010)  


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2008 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and supple, yet complex and intense, with fleshy black cherry and toasty mocha aromas that lead to flavors of Asian spice and red currant. The tannins are bold but ripe." (11/11) 90 points Robert Parker: "One of the finest Merlots made in Napa Valley is the 2008 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Sumptuous aromas of sweet kirsch and blacker fruits along with coffee bean, chocolate and herb scents jump from the glass of this dark plum/ruby/purple-colored effort. This dense, silky textured, round, chewy Merlot can be enjoyed... Read More » 


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2000 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth-textured, with polished currant, mocha, cranberry and cherry, plus touches of tobacco, coffee and spice. A bit tough-edged with tannin, but certainly not out of line for a young wine. Best from 2003 through 2009." (09/02) According to Robert Parker: "The 2000 Merlot is charming, revealing notes of black cherries and strawberry liqueur in its moderately deep, fruity personality. While it does not have as much depth as the 1999, it will drink well upon release, and last for 7-8 years." (08/02) 


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2009 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Though 2009 was a difficult vintage for Washington Merlot, this is a truly luscious wine. It welcomes the taster instantly with massive, generous fruit cloaked in toasty, chewy, mocha and caramel flavors. Tasted over the course of 48 hours, it held up well, developing broad, well-integrated flavors of berries to complement the hedonistic oak. Sure to be a favorite among all the current releases from Leonetti. (PG)" (9/2011) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Merlot displays inviting aromas of balsam wood, earthy minerals, spice box, black currant and blackberry. This sets the stage ...Read More » 


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2014 Ehlers Estate St. Helena Merlot

Founded by Gold Rush merchant Bernard Ehlers in the 1880s, Ehlers Estate is now owned by the Leducq Foundation, established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq to support cardiovascular research. The 42-acre estate that surrounds the winery is CCOF certified organic and the Ehlers team practices sustainability and biodynamic viniculture. It's a lesser-known gem of the Napa Valley, and we love their wines, too. 


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2002 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker: "A beautiful effort is the deep purple-colored 2002 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. A big, sweet, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and dried herb-scented bouquet is followed by a round, generous Merlot exhibiting silky tannin as well as a sweet, rich finish." (02/05) 92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Saturated ruby-blue. Distinctly high-toned nose (this has VA of 0.8, according to winemaker Bob Foley) like a fruit liqueur: blackberry, blueberry and licorice. Then supersweet, fat and thick, with huge, creamy flavors of candied red fruits, b... Read More » 


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2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot New!
2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Benefiting from a larger percentage of Three Palms Vineyard fruit than ever before, this majority Merlot also holds Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The result is a density of rich, soft and spicy red fruit supported by structured tannins. This is ready for the table and a wide range of pairings. (VB)" (12/2015) 90 points James Suckling: "A fresh style of Merlot with light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Food matcher." (7/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and deeply structured, with bold blackberry and cedar aromas and flavors, ...Read More » 


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2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Astringently tannic, as Duckhorn's new red wines tend to be, but very rich, very ripe, and sweet enough in fruit and oak to drink now with a nice steak. Floods the mouth with blackberries, cassic, chocolate, violets, mushu plum sauce, licorice and cedar." (6/2009) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colour. Warm plum and blackberry aromas on the nose with a touch of dark chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Full body, medium to high acid and lots of blackberry and spice flavour. Soft to medium level of velvety tannins. Long finish going a bit earthy. (LPB)" (9/2009) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red. ...Read More » 


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WE 92 RP 90

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