Best Merlot 2/2011

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A little Italian style

2007 Mezzacorona Vigneti delle Dolomiti Merlot 13%, $10

Very lightly aromatic with hints of citrus peel, and crushed green leaves framing gently woody red fruits. This is fairly light in the mouth with a spar of crisp tannin from which some nice, fresh fruit is suspended. It’s a high-toned wine in the mouth with impressive flavor intensity considering the wine’s weight. There’s a bit of vanilla and a milk chocolate backdrop to the wild cherry and slightly plummy fruit. The finish has a touch of the burnished orange peel that one gets on the nose and ends with a bit of wood spice and tannin. Easy drinking and nicely put together. 87pts

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  • Snooth User: shelley m
    359085 1

    I am confused on the years, your labels have one year on them and the description on the right have a different year.

    Feb 10, 2011 at 3:40 AM


  • Snooth User: sowen246
    760024 18

    The 2007 Waterbrook Reserve Merlot belongs on this list and is an excellent value, as it con be found as low as $12. WS rated it 92

    Feb 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM


  • OMG - the Apocalypse is here. I never thought I would see Barefoot wines on this site. I applaud the resurgence of Merlot for two reasons: (1) we might see more good Merlots, and (2) the Sideways 'sheep' might lay off on demand for Pinot Noir. Please don't bring Yellow Tail or Charles Shaw into our world....

    Feb 10, 2011 at 7:46 PM


  • Snooth User: wolfarthe
    1145575 47

    Dittoo on the 2007 Waterbrook REserve Merlot..outstanding example of what's happening in Washington. Smooth, silky, refined yet packs a punch......

    Oct 08, 2012 at 7:13 PM


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