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Snooth User: patimduvallyahoocom

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Posted by patimduvallyahoocom, Jul 2, 2014.

I have a bottle of Emerald Bay Merlot - 1993 Proprietor's Reserve.  Does anyone know its value?


Reply by jamessulis, Jul 2, 2014.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 2, 2014.

That wine is, probably, not worth much.  An on-line search yielded absolutely nothing on it.  If it had much value, information could be found.  There is one report of a 1992 Emerald Bay Proprietor's Reserve Merlot in a blind tasting in 1996.  It was estimated that the retail price of that wine was $10-15.  

It appears that in 2008, the name Emerald Bay was taken by the Chateau Julien winery of Carmel, CA, and is used for a line of relatively inexpensive wines from the California Central Coast.

The term "Proprietor's Reserve" on the label has no legal definition for California wines.  So, marketing people have, pretty much, free reign to stick it on there to try to give the impression that the wine has some special or valuable characteristic.  I really don't think yours does.

So, I would suggest that you just open it up and try it.  No promises, but it may be good. 

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