Category Archives: Merlot

Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2010

 $24.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 38575 Taut and compelling, packed with focused, licorice-scented blackberry and wet earth flavors. A fine layer of tannins drapes like a veil over the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 900 cases made. … Continue reading

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Cameron Hughes Lot 318 Meritage 2010

$11.99 Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California PLCB #33531 Comprised of 64% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot, Cameron Huges’ Lot #318 was entirely sourced from Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak AVA. The wine is medium-bodied with … Continue reading

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Vina la Reserva de Caliboro Erasmo 2009

$12.99 Maule Valley, Chile Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33425 The 2009 Erasmo is a different animal altogether, feeling much older than any of their other wines, with an evolved robe, a brick-colored border quite classical of the grapes here, 60% … Continue reading

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Chateau de Belcier Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2011

$15.99 Bordeaux, France PLCB Code# 33237 Rich and structured, yet full and concentrated, this wine has both dark tannins and ripe plum and berry fruits. The acidity streaks through the wine, lending freshness and good aging potential. Drink from 2017. … Continue reading

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Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2011

$11.99 (On Sale) Washington PLCB Code# 6592 Fresh and expressive, this open-textured red glows with dark berry and subtle spice notes, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2017.–HS 89 Points Wine Spectator Jul 31, 2014 Ripe black cherry and … Continue reading

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Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2009

$24.99 Columbia Valley, Washington PLCB Code# 46675 Focused, generous and complex, wrapping nubby tannins around a pointed core of blueberry, currant, floral and spice flavors that linger effortlessly. Features a welcome transparency. Best from 2015 through 2019. –HS 91 Points … Continue reading

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Chateau Lanbersac Puisseguin Saint Emilion Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2010

$18.99 Puisseguin -Saint Emilion, France PLCB Code# 33178 This has a healthy dose of roasted fig and mocha up front, followed by notes of baker’s chocolate, dark currant preserves and steeped plum. A cocoa edge emerges on the finish, leaving … Continue reading

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Falesco Montiano 2009

Lazio, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33150 This dense red bridges rustic tobacco, cured olive and herb-crusted game notes with rich plum and spicy black cherry fruit, ending with a smoky aftertaste. Merlot. Drink now. 4,200 cases made. –NW 89 … Continue reading

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Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret 2010

$22.99 St. Emilion, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33170   Initially, this is tight, minerally and structured, but as the wine opens, intense dark fruits and rich tannins surface, creating an opulent, juicy character. The vineyard is planted with 75% … Continue reading

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Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2009

$17.99 Chile Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33174   A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Syrah from 80-year old vines apropos the Cabernet, the 2009 Finis Terrae is aged in French oak barrels for 14 months (65% … Continue reading

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