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Top Merlot $20-$35 Tasted 12/13

1. Peju Province Winery Merlot Napa Valley (2009)

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Review from original list creator: "Lovely toasted cedar, coriander, burnt sugar and vanilla accents frame a notably bright core of black fruit that leans toward the cherry/black raspberry end of the spectrum. Smooth and rich, and a little soft perhaps but not much. This is rather extravagant Merlot. It has all the plummy fruit, mocha accents, hints of herbs and spices wrapped into a rich, powerful and luxurious package. there is plenty of structure here. Big tannins peek out on the backend and drive the finish into a dry and toasty finale, but then a pop of fred fruit appears to remind us who is in charge. A serious wine, and one that deserves 2-3 years in the cellar but it’s drinking well already and is a relative bargain. 93pts" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz

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