Tim Fish on Merlot Ratings for 2013

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From Tim Fish of Wine Spectator, the list of the top Merlots, mostly 2010s, http://www.winespectator.com/wines/list/id/49084

The big surprises to me are Amuse Bouche, Blankiet Estate, and Verite’ La Muse, all big money wines, didn’t crack 90!

And Cakebread, though not known for their reds, only got a 78 for their $54 Merlot!

Big Winners:  94 points

  •  Hourglass, Blueline Vineyard, Napa Valley, 2010, $75
  • Coup de Foudre 37.2 Cuvee Napa Valley 2010, $75
  • Carter Hossfield Coliseum Napa Valley 2010, $75

I would add as a surprise ‘big winner’

  •  Kendall Jackson, Sonoma County Vintner’s Reserve, 2010, 90 points for $19!

Disappointments:

  •  Verite’ La Muse Sonoma County 2009, 88 points at $370!
  • 3 different vineyard Duckhorns, 86, 88, and 89 points, at $70, $90, & $54
  • 3 different blends of Pride, 80, 87, 87, at $58, $75, & $120

Reliably good:

  • Lewis Napa Valley 2010, 93 points for $75
  • Moone-Tsai, Hillside Blend Howell Mtn, 2009, 93 points for $85
  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley 2010, 91 points for $75
  • Plumpjack Napa Valley 2010, 92 points for $52
  • Realm The Tempest, Napa Valley 2010, 92 points for $75
  • Robert Foley Napa Valley 2010, 91 points for $52

Enjoy,

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