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98 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2009 Merlot
Calaveras County $20
(tasted 2/10/14)

98 KENNEDY SHAH
2013 Merlot
Columbia Valley $14
(tasted 9/4/16)

98 MCMANIS
2013 Merlot
California $10

97 HOOK & LADDER
2008 Merlot
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $24

97 KENNEDY SHAH
2012 Merlot
Columbia Valley $14
(tasted 1/14/16)

97 PEDRONCELLI
2012 Merlot
Bench Vineyards - Dry Creek Valley $16

97 PEJU
2009 Merlot
Napa Valley $35

97 THOMAS HENRY
2010 Merlot
California $18
Beautiful nose of blackberry, cherry, raspberry, and a little strawberry and plum, with just enough vanilla and oak. Made like a merlot (and not a cabernet), this is a wonderfully smooth, elegant wine thatís well-balanced and leaves you wanting more on the long, round, lingering finish.

96 AIRFIELD
2014 Merlot
Yakima Valley $18
(tasted 11/2/16)

96 BOGLE
2012 Merlot
California $10

96 BROADSIDE
2013 Merlot
Margarita Vineyard - Paso Robles $20
Nice deep plum, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry with light earth notes, spice, vanilla and oak. This is a well-balanced wine, with good mouthfeel, spicy fruit and a nice long, slightly sticky finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

96 BRUTOCAO
2011 Merlot
Bliss Vineyard - Mendocino $22
Pretty plum, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and hints of currant mingle with dark coffee/black tea, light earth notes, and oak. This well-balanced wine has wonderful mouthfeel, good fruit and secondary character, and ends in a nice long, lingering, spicy finish.

96 BRUTOCAO
2009 Merlot
Bliss Vineyard - Mendocino $20
Pretty plum, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and hints of currant mingle with dark coffee/black tea, light earth notes, vanilla and oak. This well-balanced wine has wonderful mouthfeel, good fruit and secondary character, and ends in a nice long, lingering, spicy finish.

96 EAGLE GLEN
2014 Merlot
Napa Valley $22
(tasted 6/3/17)

96 FREI BROTHERS
2010 Merlot
Reserve - Dry Creek Valley $20

96 IRONSTONE
2011 Merlot
California $12
Fresh plum, cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas in a light mineral dust, violets and floral spices. Straightforward on the palate, fresh, fruit-driven flavors with hints of oak and caramel, leading to a beautiful round tannin finish. For $12/bottle, buy by the case!

96 KINGS' RANGE
2014 Merlot
Paso Robles $12
(tasted 7/15/17)

96 PEDRONCELLI
2011 Merlot
Bench Vineyards - Dry Creek Valley $16
Aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry, green strawberry, spice and plum, with light flesh tones and a good dose of oak. This is a spicy and sassy wine, full of character. The oak takes backseat on the palate, letting the fresh fruit flavors shine through, ending in a nice, round tannin, lingering finish.

96 VALLEY LEGEND
2012 Merlot
Napa Valley $20
Very pretty nose of cherry, raspberry, plum, blackberry, with whiffs of pepper spice and chalk dust. On the palate this wine has great character! A bit tight at first, it opens beautifully displaying all the fruit and spice promised, adding a touch of vanilla and oak in the long finish. Let open or decant now.

95 HAHN
2011 Merlot
Central Coast $14

95 MEADOWCROFT
2011 Merlot
Reserve - Napa Valley $28
First whiff is of green veggies and green olives, followed by cherry, raspberry, blackberry and plum, with some spice, vanilla and oak. The palate is smooth and well-balanced, with spicy fruit flavors giving way to vanilla and oak on the long but slightly sticky finish. The green qualities almost blew off overnight, so allow to open for a while before drinking. (tasted 4/24/15)

95 THE WINERY SF
2010 Merlot
North Coast $25
Nice deep plum, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and hints of currant, with light earth notes, spice, vanilla and oak. This is a well-balanced wine, with good mouthfeel, spicy fruit and a nice long, slightly sticky finish.

94 BOGLE
2010 Merlot
California $10

93 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2009 Merlot
Mendocino $12
Nice plum, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry and hints of currant, with dark coffee/black tea, light earth notes, vanilla and oak. This is a well-balanced wine, with good mouthfeel, spicy fruit and a nice long, slightly sticky finish.

93 CHATOM VINEYARDS
2010 Merlot
Calaveras County $23
(tasted 2/3/15)

93 CONTEMPO
NV Merlot
California $10

92 MCMANIS
2014 Merlot
California $10
(tasted 11/28/15)

91 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2012 Merlot
Le sage - Dry Creek Valley $30
Black cherry, blackberry, plum, dark roated coffee, black leather, earth and oak. At this date this is a tightish, closed wine. It did open up a bit overnight, so either wait another year for this to blossom, or decant it. (tasted 3/28/15)

90 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2010 Merlot
Mendocino $12
Slightly dusty fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry and plum, with a decent backbone of oak. Straightforward on the palate, well-balanced, and a nice mouthfeel leading to a round-tannin finish.

90 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2012 Merlot
California $12

90 HOOK & LADDER
2009 Merlot
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $24

90 TABLE NO. 7
2011 Winemakers Merlot
California $12
Nice nose of blackberry, cherry, red plum, red raspberry, with light herbs and spice, and a good wallop of oak. The palate offers the same, with nice fruit and seconds in a well-balanced body leading to a nice lingering round-tannin finish. A lot of winemaking but at a good price. (tasted 7/14/15)