Clare Goggin Sivits

Location: Astoria, NY

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Wines Less Traveled : Merlot

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Oak Knoll District Merlot (2007)
Review from original list creator: "This Merlot from the cooler Oak Knoll part of Napa Valley harkens back to old school Napa as well as ye olde world France. Exquisitely balanced, the wine shows focused rays of black cherry and red currants counterpointed by espresso and cocoa powder and kept lithe and lively by that great cool weather acidity. " by 842795Matthew Hugh Walker
Previously available for $34.00
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2 Château Arnauton Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac (2009)
Review from original list creator: "I thought this wine was a great buy and it kept me coming back to the glass for more. It has that "I may be young but I've got serious spunk" attitude of many of the more reasonably priced '09s. The wine had been decanting for a few hours and it showed nice depth of fruit, great structure and a nice velvety texture. Lots of black cherries and currents, touches of chocolate, pepper and herbs. Nice finish." by 842795Matthew Hugh Walker
Average price: $19.99 from 7 stores
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3 Kestrel Falcon Series Yakima Valley Merlot (2008)
Review from original list creator: "Washington and merlot really do go hand in hand. Kestrel is putting out a lot of solid wines in the $20 range and this one is no exception. Significant but silky smooth tannins support a lovely array of red and black fruits, plus baking cocoa, tobacco leaf and cedarwood." by 842795Matthew Hugh Walker
Previously available for $19.99
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4 Bevan Cellars Merlot Oakville Alexis' Cuvée Showket Vineyards (2008)
Review from original list creator: "I would put this wine on the short list of best merlots out there today. Deep, unctuous texture, explosive blackberry fruit, whispers of vanilla oak, oh and I think someone might of thrown a bar of high quality dark chocolate into the barrel while no one was looking because there's chocolate and more chocolate in this wine. Absolutely wonderful!" by 842795Matthew Hugh Walker
Previously available for $70.00
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5 Bridgman W.B. Merlot Yakima Valley (2008)
Review from original list creator: "A very nice little Merlot and a decent intro to Washington-style Merlots. Dark red fruits, hints of cocoa and firm tannins. All in all a decent wine made much better for being under $15" by 842795Matthew Hugh Walker
Average price: $13.99 from 1 store
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