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2008 J Lohr Los Osos Paso Robles Merlot CA 13.5% $12

Lots of wood on the nose, this is spicy and toasty over a base of mocha-infused black cherry and sour plum fruit that has a musky accent. Rich and a little sweet on entry, though with plenty of acid to help keep this fresh. It's not that well balanced- the acid is disjointed and the flavors are a touch heavy and dull, with dried fruit and intense carob qualities. This finishes nicely, more red fruited with the sweetness well balanced by the ample if polished tannins. A bit rustic, but rich and fruity. 85pts

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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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