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2010 Pizzolato Piave Merlot Italy 12% $12

No Sulfites Added, Organic

This smells very minty, medicinal and earthy with a rather attractive pomegranate, salted plum and floral fruit character. Bright and soft on entry, but not because of a lack of acid, of which there is plenty. This is full of light red fruits, strawberry and raspberry, with a very gentle character. Bright and certainly easy to drink, this is not varietal, but I'm not sure I care. The finish shows a nice earthy streak, some minor but dry tannins and a touch of vanilla. This could certainly use some food, but is quite attractive in its own right. 86pts

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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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