By way of background, opening thoughts: Napa Valley merlots don't carry quite the same reputation they once did, but still offer some excellent quality. We are sampling one today that comes in at the value pricing.
Original tasting and review : This is Avalon Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2009, finished at 13.8% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep burgundy and ruby.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep funky fruit, with elements of strong old socks. But still pleasant. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, fleshy and lively.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fruity in a red berry way, slightly rich and sweet. Fast finish though, with relatively thin structural elements.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value when acquired at sale price.
Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Avalon Merlot.
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