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 Post subject: Need Merlot recommendations
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:11 pm 
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I usually drink Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Merlot Reserve Napa, which I like a lot, but I want to try some new ones - under $20. I like 'em round and velvety smooth. (wine, that is).

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:16 pm 
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merstar wrote:
I usually drink Merlot .


Do you have a doctor's excuse for this sort of thing? :lol:

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KSyrahSyrah wrote:
merstar wrote:
I usually drink Merlot .


Do you have a doctor's excuse for this sort of thing? :lol:


Ha!

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Hey wino, I PM'd you back.

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Merstar,

Hmmm. Nope! Can't think of any Merlots under $20 I'd recommend. Hopefully Wino steered you right ...

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Merstar - Is this the wine you mentioned? From the Raymond web site: http://www.raymondvineyards.com/cms/wines/detail/reserve-selection-merlot-2008


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HI,

2009 Falesco Merlot from Umbria is wonderful and $13.

"The 2009 Merlot is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine. This is impressive juice from proprietor Riccardo Cotarella."
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate - 92pts

The 2010 vintage is also excellent.

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wino wrote:
Merstar - Is this the wine you mentioned? From the Raymond web site: http://www.raymondvineyards.com/cms/wines/detail/reserve-selection-merlot-2008


Yes, that's the one. I must note that it was superb when I started buying it several years ago, but I haven't been as happy with it for the past year or so. It used to be smoother, more velvety on the finish, and now it seems to be a little more tannic, especially on the finish. I've also noticed some sediment lately, so I guess it needs decanting, which I've never done.

The price of $24.00 is high on their site - I buy it here in NC for about $16.99.

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Tim wrote:
HI,

2009 Falesco Merlot from Umbria is wonderful and $13.

"The 2009 Merlot is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine. This is impressive juice from proprietor Riccardo Cotarella."
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate - 92pts

The 2010 vintage is also excellent.

Tim


Thanks for the recommendation, Tim!

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