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2010 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion

94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of crushed blueberries and minerals with flowers follow through to a full body, with solid fruit and tannin structure and a long, long finish. Very intense. Better than 2009. Try in 2017." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers the profile of the vintage, with spice-infused raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit coursing along nicely, followed by delineated anise and spice notes, all carried by a racy graphite spine. Rock-solid and nicely balanced, this should age elegantly. Best from 2014 through 2024. (Web-2013)" Jancis Robinson: "Rather sweet and sumptuous on the nos ...Read More » 


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2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion Top Pick!
2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion

91 points James Suckling: "Intense aromas of blueberries and raspberries, with hints of citrus. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and firm. Best in 2018." (2/2012) 88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty Cabernet Franc aromas of crushed berries and some milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins. Long sweet fruit on the finish. (Web-2010)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made by Ausone's perfectionist owner, Alain Vauthier, Fonbel is a sleeper of the vintage in 2009. Raspberry and black currant notes intermixed with incense, camphor and a note of crushed wet/rock steeliness offer up a complex s ...Read More » 


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2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion

92 points James Suckling: "Soft red fruit and fresh coffee. Some chocolate and spice. Beautifully textured fruit on the palate with a bright acidity and velvety tannins. Very long and smooth finish. So enjoyable already. Best ever from here? Better in 2015." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "This has a really nice graphite frame that drives the core of fig, plum and boysenberry fruit authoritatively, with dense ganache, espresso and tar on the finish. The grip is keeping things tight now, but this should meld in the cellar, as the underlying feel is energetic. Best from 2015 through 2025" (3/2013)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one ...Read More » 


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2011 Gigault "Cuvée 'Viva" Premières Côtes de Blaye (Previously $15)

91 points James Suckling: "A red with plum and berry character, plus lots of hazelnut. Chalky. Full body with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. This is always excellent. Drink in 2015." (2/2014) Wine Spectator: "Bouncy blueberry and cherry fruit flavors are backed by toasted spice. Open knit and fresh." (4/2012) K&L Notes: One of our favorites from the value regions on the right bank. Cotes de Blaye region now referred to as Cotes de Bordeaux. This wine is 90% Merlot and has a lot of blackberry fruit flavors. Decant one hour and serve with a pot roast. 


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2009 Arnauton, Fronsac (Previously $25.00)

91 points James Suckling: "This is a balanced and refined wine with blueberry and chocolate and walnuts. Full-to-medium body, with firm tannins and a lovely finish. Firm and pretty. So there, but will age." (5/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Extremely dark purple. Very rich and lively and with lots of winemaking effort to judge from the nose and life. Well done!" (4/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton, is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits loads of crushed chalky minerality, some jammy berry fruit, good glycerin, medium body, and a clean, fresh, lively finish. It is a little less complex than I ...Read More » 


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2012 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and supple, this is exactly the style of Merlot that made the wine so popular. Floral red currant and cinnamon spice aromas lead to rich, ripe flavors of black cherry and toasty oak, with a hint of earth. Drink now through 2020." (9/2014)91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Merlot jumps from the glass with brilliant red cherries, plums, flowers, spices and mint. With time in the glass the flavors blossom beautifully as the wine gains texture and resonance. Merlot still suffers from a less than stellar reputation in some circles, which is unfortunate. Few do it better than Shaf ...Read More » 


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2012 Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Although this winery has been around since 1944, I am unfamiliar with its wines. Packaged in an interesting bottle with a label sporting green ink, this 2012 Merlot is made in an explosively rich, blockbuster style. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by oodles of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of espresso and chocolate. Full-bodied and super-rich, but not overly extracted or astringent, this beautifully made, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Merlot should wine the hearts and minds of many California wine enthusiasts. It i ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2009 Castello di Bossi "Girolamo" Merlot Toscana Top Pick!
2009 Castello di Bossi "Girolamo" Merlot Toscana

94 points Antonio Galloni: "Castello di Bossi's 2009 Merlot Girolamo is undeniably sexy. Plump, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2009 captures the very best qualities of the year. Dark cherries, plums, menthol and licorice all jump from the glass in this generous, inviting Tuscan Merlot. There is a lot to love about the 2009, starting with its impeccable balance. The purity of the fruit alone is striking. I am not sure how the 2009 is going to age, but it is drop-dead gorgeous today." (8/2013)94 points James Suckling: "Wow. This wine shows an impressive depth of blackberries and blueberries with hints of ...Read More » 


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2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This full-bodied beauty exhibits a dense opaque purple color in addition to copious notes of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice and incense. It should drink well for 15-20 years. This will be a sleeper of the vintage. A superstar of the vintage (not surprising given how successful the proprietors, the Decoster family, have been over the last decade or more), this 58-acre vineyard located near the village of St.-Etienne de Lisse enjoyed yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place extremely late — between October 22 and November 3. The fina ...Read More » 


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2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. If you're looking for great, ripe black currant fruits, this is where to come. The wine is full and hugely fruity, but it still manages a good Bordeaux sense of proportion." (6/2006) James Halliday: "Smokiness dominates the nose at the moment but there’s still evidence of fresh and aromatic cassis underneath. Rich and yet juicy...Drink 2010-2016." (6/2007) Jancis Robinson: "Quite a rich nose and some farmyard elements. Solid and straightforward. Quite chewy tannins at present." (4/2006) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep ruby/purple with notes of sweet cherries intermixed with hints of espresso roast and drie ...Read More » 


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2012 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Merlot

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 Merlot is their largest cuvée, and is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. A dense plum/purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and mocha. This lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot can be drunk over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (10/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "Nicely defined, black cherry fruit sits in the starring role here even if the wine is on the more structured, slightly sturdy and less outgoing side o ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2007 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot Back In Stock!
2007 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot

94 points Wine Spectator: "(#34 on the Top 100 of 2010) Lush and rich, yet impeccably structured, with bold red currant and toasty mocha aromas and layered flavors of ripe plum, loamy earth and spice, finishing with big but ripe tannins." (6/2010)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Merlot, which comes from both Napa and Sonoma fruit (the Pride Mountain vineyards are split by the county line), exhibits a dense purple color as well as abundant chocolate and berry fruit notes, medium to full body, and great freshness, length, and depth. It is a heady, succulent style of Merlot to drink over the next 7-10 years ...Read More » 


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2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc Top Pick!
2009 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

92 points James Suckling: "Soft and fruity with milk chocolate. Full and round textured. Goes on for a minute or two. Excellent for the vintage. Better than I remember. And better in 2014, but why wait?" (7/2012) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm tannins, but also ripe, sweet fruits, with a fine balance. While the wine is on the light, fresh side, it does have a good, final structure." (4/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This Merlot-dominated wine displays a dense ruby/purple color, soft berry fruit intermixed with mocha, and hints of white chocolate, herbs, and spice. It should drink well for up to a decade or more. (RP)" (4/2010) Wine Spectator: "Solid, wi ...Read More » 


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1999 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Merlot

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby to the rim. Explosive aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Great sappy sweetness in the mouth: flavors of crushed and crystallized dark berries. Very long, powerful finish features strong but lush tannins. An uncanny combination of sweetness and structure." (6/2001)94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* What power and drama have gone into this wonderful wine. Sheer Pomerol, with pencil shaving, black cherry, cedar, chocolate and gamy-meaty aromas and flavors, tinged with violets, and the most voluptuous mouthfeel. Sheer hedonism right thro ...Read More » 


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1990 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion

91 points Wine Spectator: "A wine with plenty of compact fruit and backbone.Good ruby color. Plenty of chocolate and berrycharacter on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots ofsilky tannins and a long, fresh finish. Willcontinue to improve. Drink now or hold.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective." (8/2000)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 offers an impressively saturated color, exhibiting a touch of amber and a black cherry, mineral, smoky component, with a dash of roasted herbs. Spicy, rich, long, and massive in the mouth, it is full-bodied, sweet, jammy, and capable of lasting for another 8-10 years. Last tasted, 5/01 ...Read More » 


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WS 91 RP 90

2011 Duckhorn "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Two Stars** The best Merlots are wines that charm in their youths but grow in breadth and gain complexity as the years pass, and this one from Duckhorn is a wine that is nowhere near reaching its best even if it is easy to like and shows impressive range even now. It is fully grounded in the rich, cherry-like qualities that define good Merlot, and it is well-balanced, weighty and seductively supple in feel. It teases with complexing touches of toast, sweet cream, graphite and mint that will be amplified as it ages, and, its very considerable immediate ...Read More » 


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2012 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Slightly jammy aromas of dark berries, chocolate and graphite. Sweet, plush and broad, with mouthfilling flavors of dark cherry, cassis, cocoa powder and caramel. Not especially brisk or sharply delineated but finishes with sufficient energy, ripe tannins and very good sweetness and length." (5/2014)91 points Antonio Galloni: "White truffle, smoke, licorice, tobacco and iron are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Merlot. Today, it is the wine's ferrous/savory notes that are most prominent. On the palate, the wine is a bit less generous, with firm tannins t ...Read More » 


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1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pahlmeyer's 1997 Merlot may be the finest Merlot ever produced in California. A profound blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers gorgeous smoky, black cherry liqueur aromas mixed with melted fudge. The wine is unctuously-textured, super-concentrated, low in acidity, rich, and multilayered. This is a spectacular, hedonistic effort to drink over the next 15-20 years." (12/2000)93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, tar, minerals and toffee. Lush, superripe and very deep, with almost confectionary sweetne ...Read More » 


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RP 96 ST 93

2011 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot

91 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright medium red. Seductive perfume of red cherry, rose petal and cocoa powder. Energetic and sharply delineated if a bit tightly coiled in its youth, showing excellent cut to its red cherry, red berry and spice flavors. Finishes with a complex saline quality and very good grip. A classic 2011 in style, in need of a bit of patience. (Stephen Tanzer)" (12/2014) K&L Notes: From one of Washington's premium producers. From the winery: "Layered with enticing aromas of plum and notes of violet, this full bodied Merlot shows a robust core of black cherry, blackberry, and c... Read More » 


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2001 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Robert Parker: "The 2001 Merlot (a 6,354-case blend of 94.3% Merlot and 5.7% Cabernet Franc) exhibits fragrant aromas and flavors of espresso roast, coffee beans, smoke, chocolate, and loads of berry fruit. Dense plum/ruby in color with a hedonistic personality, this is a heady, full-bodied wine to drink over the next 7-8 years. This is a top-flight single-vineyard wine aged completely in French oak, which is in total contrast to the wines made at Silver Oak." (02/05) 


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2003 Clos les Lunelles, Castillon

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This 21+ acre vineyard planted on a clay and limestone plateau consists of 38-year-old Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). It was acquired by Gerard and Chantal Perse in 2001, and in less than two years has become the reference point winery for the Cotes de Castillon ... not surprising in view of the commitment to excellence exhibited by the Perses. Made from tiny yields of less than 20 hectoliters per hectare, the blockbuster 2003 tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. It reveals a peppery, spicy, incense-laced bouquet interwove ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2014 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) New!
2014 Angélus, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a beautifully perfumed wine that shows style and elegance as well as rich, weighty blackberry fruit. The blend’s 50% Cabernet Franc gives tense, dark structure as well as aromatic character. It is a big wine, but with freshness and style." (4/2015) 93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Angélus, equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, boasts superb depth and textural richness. Firm tannins give the 2014 its explosive energy and overall tension. Mocha, espresso, new leather, French oak and licorice gradually open up in the glass, but with some reluctance. The 2014 ...Read More » 


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1997 L'Evangile, Pomerol

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby color. Fruity aromas of blackberry, blueberry and violet, plus a whiff of peach. Supple, suave and beautifully balanced; not thick but sweet and dense for the vintage. Notes of licorice and mocha. Finishes with good length, sweet tannins and no rough edges." (6/1998) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A pure, truffle and black raspberry-scented nose with oak in the background defines the classic style of l'Evangile. Nearly outstanding, this sexy, ripe, medium-bodied wine offers gorgeous levels of fruit, not a great deal of density, length, or tannin, but plenty of near-term a ...Read More » 


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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 » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1996 L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol

94 points James Suckling: "It's agreed among most Bordeaux wine lovers that Right Bank, more specifically Pomerol, made good quality but not great reds in 1996. The 1995 was much better for Merlot and Cabernet Franc. So this 1996 Eglise Clinet came as a big surprise when I tasted it. The red shows wonderful complexity and beauty now. It's full body yet refined with black olive and berry character. It's so balanced and fine now. Very pretty. Drink now." (12/2013)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the few profound Pomerols in 1996, l'Eglise-Clinet turned out an uncommonly rich, concentrated wine that is perfor ...Read More » 


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2005 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A stunning sleeper of the vintage, quality at this property has soared under the relatively new owners, Dominique and Florence Decosters. The 2005, a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, was fashioned from yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare. This concentrated wine possesses a gorgeous bouquet of smoke, black currant liqueur, lead pencil shavings, cedar, and Asian spices. In the mouth, it displays a chocolaty richness, a beautiful texture, an expansive, multilayered mouthfeel, and a 45-second finish. A fabulous effort, ...Read More » 


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2011 Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2011 Merlot Estate is gorgeous. A blast of dark red and black stone fruits melds into a more typical expression of mountain fruit, with savory herb and floral notes that develop in the glass. A kick of bracing 2011 acidity supports a finish laced with iron, smoke, leather and spices. There is plenty to like in this accessible Merlot from Ridge." (7/2014)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Merlot is not afraid to show its rough side, with aromas of tobacco smoke, cigar box, thick blackberry, ripe blueberry, black cherry and dust. The mouth-coating tannins are strong on the plush, gr ...Read More » 


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2012 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot (375ml)

91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Merlot jumps from the glass with brilliant red cherries, plums, flowers, spices and mint. With time in the glass the flavors blossom beautifully as the wine gains texture and resonance. Merlot still suffers from a less than stellar reputation in some circles, which is unfortunate. Few do it better than Shafer when it comes to capturing the fruit-driven exuberance of Merlot. Drink this juicy, resonant red over the next few years. Shafer remains a reference-point winery for Napa Valley. In a region where key people come and go every few years, Sh ...Read More » 


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1995 Clinet, Pomerol

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is awesome. The color is saturated black/purple, and the wine extremely full-bodied and powerful with layers of glycerin-imbued fruit, massive richness, plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cassis flavors, full body, and a thick, unctuous texture. This is a dense, impressive offering from administrator Jean-Michel Arcaute. This wine should continue to improve for another 10-25 years. An ...Read More » 


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RP 96 WS 92

2011 Certan de May, Pomerol

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and concentrated, this wine has great structure and density along with acidity and berry flavor. There is an attractive final spicy element." (4/2012) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromatic herbs, red fruits and a touch of game on the nose, nicely lifted by sweet spice and violet notes. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with the cassis and herb flavors nicely supported by lively acidity and smooth tannins. Finishes with a coffee note." (5/2012)90 points James Suckling: "The aromas in this 2011 are impressive, with flowers, plums and currants. Full body with velvety tannins and pretty, ripe, ...Read More » 


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2012 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This may be the first time in the history of this estate that Gazin has been made from 100% Merlot. That was the favored cepage (grape varietal) in 2012, and Gazin has produced a powerful, concentrated, dark plum/purple-hued wine displaying notes of balsam wood, forest floor, camphor, blackberries and cassis. As the wine sits in the glass, hints of white chocolate and espresso roast (no doubt from the barrels used) emerge. Full, rich and intense, this impressive 2012 reminds me of the 2001, only slightly more masculine. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and ...Read More » 


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2007 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot

92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright, full red-ruby. Subdued but pure nose offers cassis, violet, licorice and a whiff of menthol. Juicy, suave and smooth but quite dry; not at all a fleshy style of merlot. In fact, this minerally midweight is made in a distinctly claret-like style. This is blended with 7% petit verdot; past vintages included some cabernet sauvignon and cab franc. (Nov/Dec '09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm in texture, with a tight grip of tannins on the smoky blackberry and currant flavors, persisting on the finish. Needs time to soften.... Read More » 


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1987 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Spectator: "Deep in color and flavor, this is rich, dense but flavorful, with tiers of currant, plum and cherry flavors flanked by toasty oak. Has generous fruit, a pretty aftertaste and the tannins to stand up to a decade of cellaring." (12/1989)  


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WS 91

1989 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (Previously $230.00)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A very youthful wine that probably will never hit the heights of the 1990 (but how many wines do?), this dense ruby/purple-colored wine has a very pure nose of roasted espresso, black cherry jam, blackberry, mineral, and even a hint of blueberry. Some smoke and high-quality toasty new oak are there, but now that seems to be fading into the background. Quite full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, yet at the same time elegant, this wine still seems very young and unevolved. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Last tasted, 11/02. (Bordeaux Book)" (1/2003)93 points Wine Spectator: "Sedu ...Read More » 


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RP 95 WS 93

2012 Nickel & Nickel "Suscol Ranch" Napa Valley Merlot

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "An herbal, 100% Merlot from a nine-acre ranch in Jamieson Canyon, just south of the town of Napa, this wine is steeped in sage, cinnamon and dense, smoky leather. Soft tannins lend succulence and warmth, while the finish is marked by notes of tobacco and toasted oak." (3/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Merlot Suscol Ranch is named for the indigenous American Indians that once lived in Napa Valley. The wine shows chocolate and tangy acidity with a dense ruby/purple color, good mocha and black cherries in a medium-bodied format. It is not the most complex Merlot, but it is s ...Read More » 


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2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana

100 points James Suckling: "This has an intense nose of brown sugar, porcini mushrooms, dark fruits, tobacco, olives, cigar box... I am running out of words to describe the nose. The palate is full bodied and ultra rich. This is a monumental wine that arouses all your senses. Truly exotic and sensual. Enjoy this for the rest of your life." (3/2011)100 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #6 in Top 100 of 2004* Wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries and fresh tobacco, with a hint of exotic fruit. Fullbodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous, seductive and cl ...Read More » 


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2002 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select Cuvée Mountain Top Vineyard" Sonoma County Merlot

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ratcheting up the level of concentration, complexity, and persistence in the mouth is the 2002 Merlot Vintner’s Select (400 cases). An opulent, heady wine that reveals gorgeously melted toffee notes intermixed with blackberry and cherry liqueur, a hint of smoke, underbrush, and fabulous power and richness, this is extraordinarily pure, dense wine that is about as good as Merlot can be in California. (RP)" (2/2005)  


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RP 93

2009 Robert Foley Napa Valley Merlot

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Exotic, slightly high-toned aromas of black cherry, blackberry, damp earth, chocolate and licorice. A fat, lush fruit bomb in the mouth, with creamy mocha and chocolate elements adding appeal. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins that will not get in the way of drinking this wine early. In fact, I predict that this wine will show more alcohol with time in bottle, so I'd advise consuming it within the next year or two. (ST) (100% merlot, from Howell Mountain and valley fruit)" (5/2012)  


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2009 Le Dôme, St-Emilion

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most distinctive wines made in Bordeaux, Le Dome has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any claret I can think of. Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, it exhibits a certain delicacy and elegance (due to the Cabernet Franc component) in addition to resounding power, concentration, depth and multidimensional personality. Black/purple to the rim, it offers strikingly intense notes of spring flowers, raspberries, mulberries and wood smoke, medium to full body, sweet tannin and a cunning intensity and texture that sugges ...Read More » 


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2010 Tertre Daugay, St-Emilion

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "This has the rich, dark blueberry and blackberry fruit of the vintage, with ample graphite and spice and a solid, tannic backbone. Toasty, but with flesh. (Web-2011)"92 points James Suckling: "Fascinating wine with dark fruit and citrus undertones. Full and refined. Lovely finish." (4/2011) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Tertre Daugays I have tasted (although the 2009 is also attractive), this sleeper of the vintage exhibits a dense purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet kirsch, black fruits, licorice and graphite. Medium to full-bodied with a corpulent, layered mouthfeel, light to mode ...Read More » 


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1982 La Conseillante, Pomerol

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...An outstanding effort revealing plenty of black currant, kirsch, smoke, herb, and incense characteristics, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture, and melted tannins. My bottle seemed slightly less concentrated than others I have had, but this is still a great, fully mature La Conseillante that is best consumed over the next decade." (6/2009)93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red with an amber rim. Exotic aromas of plum, cherry, roast coffee, tobacco leaf and woodsmoke. Sweet, silky and suave, with lovely inner-mouth perfume. More subtle and sophisticated than most right-bank '82s, wi ...Read More » 


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2005 Leonetti Columbia Valley Merlot

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bright, saturated, and deeply colored, this poster child Merlot proves that there is no other place in the world that can do Merlot in this style. Magnificent in color, aroma, depth and texture; it is polished, elegant, firm and confident. Blossom, fruit, herb and barrel aromas are beautifully interwoven. The tightly packed fruit has it all, from red, blue and black berries on to cherry and cassis. The mid-palate, though quite full, is fleshy and tight. The acids are firm but not sour, the tannins fine and smooth and ripe. The finish, still young and com ...Read More » 


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1995 La Conseillante, Pomerol

93 points Wine Spectator: "Fascinating aromas of mineral, lilac and blackberry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with layers of silky tannins and a long finish. Just starting to come around. Give it more time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web-2007)"92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the La Conseillante vertical at Chez Bruce. This bottle of '95 just refused to come out an play, unlike previous examples. It had a very tight bouquet with touches of redcurrant and wild hedgerow, later developing more exotic scents of dried apricot and dates. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, o ...Read More » 


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WS 93 RP 92

2005 La Confession, St-Emilion

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Opaque purple, with a sweet blue and blackberry perfume intertwined with licorice and graphite, the 2005 La Confession exhibits massive concentration and extraction, but this full-bodied wine pulls back from being over-the-top because of intrinsic freshness and admirable purity. It is a brilliant effort from the young Janouiex, but it needs some cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028" (4/2008) Wine Spectator: "Very floral and fruity, with hints of blackberry and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a good density of fruit. Long and racy. A little rese ...Read More » 


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RP 95

2002 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Counties Merlot

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Full and delicious, Pride's merlot achieves a balanced ripeness at the mountaintop border of Napa and Sonoma counties. The wine has density of fruit while it retains a spot-on varietal identity, a flavor of black cherry and rose petal jam. Tannins amplify the richness with a chocolate warmth, evenly meshed with the fruit across the palate." (6/2005)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "What a fabulous Merlot. Yes, it’s dense in texture, like molten metal, with melted tannins, but it’s kept lively with clean acids. Meanwhile, the flavors are sheer mountain fruit: concentrated blackberries and ...Read More » 


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2011 San Giusto a Rentennano "La Ricolma" Toscana

95 points Antonio Galloni: "Another gorgeous wine, the 2011 La Ricolma wraps around the palate with fabulous depth and richness. Dark red and black-toned fruit, cloves, menthol, spices and licorice meld together in a supple, radiant wine endowed with notable depth and nuance. Lavender, jasmine and a host of floral notes add gorgeous perfume on the finish. Of all the San Giusto wines, Ricolma seems to get the least attention, but it can be superb, as it is again in 2011." (9/2014)94 points Wine Spectator: "A cool reserve lends a fresh feel to the pure cherry and blackberry flavors in this dense red. Taut, focu ...Read More » 


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2008 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot Back In Stock!
2008 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Merlot

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "It may sound strange, but this wine tastes like the liquid equivalent of a buttered toast bacon sandwich, spread with a little blackberry jam. However it sounds, it’s really delicious." (8/2011)90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "As this deeply drawn wine demonstrates so well, Pride Merlots are as unruly as they are rich when still in their infancy, but even with all of its blustery ripeness, its puckery young tannins and its palpable trailing heat, its enduring message is one of convincing depth and fruity confidence. Aging is a must, and more rather than less is recommended, so our endors ...Read More » 


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2003 Blankiet "Paradise Hills" Napa Valley Merlot

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From their beautiful hillside vineyards situated behind the vast estate of Dominus, Blankiet has produced a 2003 Merlot Paradise Hills Estate (14.9% natural alcohol) offering a gorgeously complex bouquet of Chinese black tea, black currants, earth, chocolate and a touch of mocha. Frankly, I’m not sure a Napa Merlot can be any more complex than this. With a deep plum/purple color and round, juicy, full-bodied opulence, this 2003 could easily compete with the greatest Pomerols or St.-Emilions. Made from 100% Merlot, it was aged 18 months in 100% new Tarans ...Read More » 


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RP 97 ST 93

2009 Cap de Faugeres, Côtes de Castillon (3L)

91 points James Suckling: "This is pretty, earthy and spicy, with blueberry and blackberry character. Full body, with polished tannins and a lively finish. The dried citrus fruit really comes through here. Better in 2015, but so delicious now." (2/2012)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 is possibly the best Cap de Faugeres yet made, a sleeper of the vintage, and a realistically priced one at that. A blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14% natural alcohol, the wine displays loads of charcoal, blackberry, espresso roast and white chocolate. It is full-bodied, unctuo ...Read More » 


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JS 91 RP 91

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

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