Category Archives: Merlot

CrossKeys Vineyards: Wines with a Sense of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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A revelation as to the promises of grape growing and winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley came to us in 2015, when we visited Muse Vineyards in the town of Woodstock, in historic Shenandoah County, and tasted their Virginia Governor’s Cup-winning … Continue reading

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For Medlock Ames in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, 2014 Was a Very Good Year

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Coming on the heels of the exemplary 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 yielded yet another terrific season for grape growing and winemaking in California — and it so happened to be the third consecutive year of severe drought throughout the … Continue reading

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Cornerstone Cellars | Two Sophisticated Reds from Napa Valley’s 2012 Vintage

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Merlot | Oakville Station | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $75 92 Points | “Highly Recommended”  (A Cellar-Worthy Selection) This 100% Merlot is sourced from Oakville Station Vineyard blocks in the celebrated To-Kalon vineyard in Oakville, at the … Continue reading

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PICK of NAPA VALLEY: Selections from pureCru | Vintage 2010

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Last February we introduced you to pureCru, with our review of their impressive 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts). Several years ago, veteran Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino founded pureCru with several partners with an ambition to produce small-lot wines with fruit … Continue reading

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NAPA VALLEY WINE PICK: pureCru | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $42 | 93 pts

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A number of years ago, long-time Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino relinquished his remaining interests in the winery he established in the 1980s — Cosentino Winery, on Highway 29 in Yountville — and along with several partners founded a new venture called pureCru Napa Valley.  … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Columbia Crest | H3 | Merlot | Horse Heaven Hills AVA | Washington State | 2010 | $15

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From the Horse Heaven Hills appellation — an expanse of  high, dry, rolling hills and vineyards that hug the Columbia River Gorge in southeastern Washington State — comes this savory and finessed Merlot.  It offers aromas that hint of pungent red berries, black pepper, and bitters followed by flavors suggesting … Continue reading

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QUICK SIP: Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery | Merlot | Kreck Vineyards | Alexander Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2009 | $28 | 89 pts

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Mill Creek is a small estate winery owned and operated by three generations of the Kreck family.  Founders Bill and Yvonne Kreck planted their vineyards in 1965, and in 1974 established the winery in Healdsburg at the southern end of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.  … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Bluemont Vineyard | Merlot | Loudoun County | Virginia | 2010 | $20 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  expressive, with notes of ripe blueberry, damson plum, & a dusting of black pepper Character:  dry; medium bodied; easy-going, plump & juicy; creamy texture; light tannins & acidity; subtle, sweet oak Flavors:  rich, with notes of mixed berry compote, vanilla bean, bell pepper … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Obelisco Estate | Merlot | Reserve | Red Mountain | Washington | 2009 | $45 | 92 pts

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Aromas: cinnamon and spice; cherry; plum; hint of vanilla Character: medium-bodied & lively; old world style; light to medium tannins & acidity; toasty oak Flavors: true to aroma, with deep red berries, spice, earth tones and cedar Food Pairing:  tomato-based pasta dishes; pizza; lamb   Obelisco … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau Pipeau | Red Blend | Saint-Emilion | Bordeaux | France | 2008 | $35 | 89 pts

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Aromas: clove, baking spices; dark, dried berries; oak Character:  dry; intense; full-bodied; earthy; leathery tannins; mild acids; medium oak Flavors:  black pepper; clove; toast; iron; dark, dried berries; cedar Food Pairing:  grilled meats – beef, lamb, chicken   Chateau Pipeau … Continue reading

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