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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs Top California Merlot’s Of 2010

 

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Cupcake Vineyards-Merlot-Central Coast-California-2008-$10.99-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color.  A smooth, easy drinking red, medium bodied, with black cherry, chocolate, plum, a very good QPR and mid week wine.                   NR-                CR-87                 Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

Swanson Vineyards-Merlot-Oakville-Napa Valley-California-2005-$20.99-A spicy nose of dark fruit, dark in color.  Cherry, toasty vanilla notes,  red currants, and Asian spice.   A smooth enjoyable Merlot, I had not drank a Merlot for some time and so I am glad I tried this one.   Second time I have tried this year, a solid wine.                WS-87                  CR-90                 Good with chicken, steak, pasta. 

Chad Wine Co.-Merlot-Reserve-Napa Valley-California-2007-$15.00-A nose of dark fruit, dark ruby in color.  A smooth spicy red, ripe plum, black cherry, spice and minerals, a very good value.               NR              CR-89                   Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

Chappellet Vineyard-Merlot-Napa Valley-California-2006-$24.99-A nose of red currants and cedar, dark ruby in color.  A smooth medium to full bodied red, red currants, cherries, spicy chocolate with a very good finish.   I just started drinking Merlot again and this is a good one.                WS-90               WE-90               CR-90             Good with chicken, pork and pasta.

Parcel 41 Wine Co.-Merlot-Napa Valley-California-2006-$12.99-A ripe nose of dark fruit and spice, dark amber in color.   Blackberry, black currants,  spice and some cocoa, a smooth enjoyable wine, a very good value.              NR               CR-87             Good with burgers, chicken, pasta.

Yates Family Vineyard-Fleur De Veeder-Merlot-Napa Redwoods Estate-Mount Veeder-California-$33.95-A nose of sweet dark fruit and spice, dark purple in color.  A full bodied, delicious Merlot, yes it’s a Merlot, 100%, cassis, raspberry, velvet favors, mocha,  a very long finish.            WE-88               CR-92                 Good with meats, chicken, pasta.

One Response to “CORKSCREWs REVIEWs Top California Merlot’s Of 2010”

  1. It’s great to see Merlot getting a little bit of appreciation, after having gotten such a bad rap in “Sideways.” A noble grape, it produced one of the greatest Bordeauxs ever bottled (and the most expensive bottle of wine sold in 2009). It seems to be making a comeback, however.

    Thanks,

    Paul Kalemkiarian
    President, the Original Wine of the Month Club

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