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2009 Esser Monterey Merlot CA 13.5% $12

This smells candied and dark, full of cocoa-dusted bruised black cherry fruit topped with cedar wood. Noticeably sweet on entry, this has nice flavors of wild cherry, plum and something vaguely beefy, but in a noticeably sweet style. A mini fruit bomb, though this does retain decent acidity and nicely managed tannins. Dry on the finish with a nice touch of refreshing austerity. 84pts

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  • Does anyone know if and where Silverthorne Merlot is available?

    Jan 25, 2012 at 2:30 AM

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