Black cherry, raspberry, a touch of cinnamon and some mint  waft up from the glass. Les sweet on the palate, cranberry and raspberry join the cherry. Loads of spice plus eucalyptus and shine through on the palate. This is no flabby over-ripe mass produced Merlot. :It has balance, firm tannins, and sense of place. Drink with spicy flank steak. Highly recommended (90 points). DH

WHO: Shafer
WHAT: 87% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2012
HOW MUCH: $51 (media sample)

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David Honig, the Publisher, looked at what was happening in the world of wine journalism and realized there were a lot of great writers out there at the same time paying publications, from newspapers to websites, were dropping like flies. So he created Palate Press to find the best writers and create a new forum for them to sell their best work. He is a self-educated oenophile, and defers to the tremendous experience and wisdom of the amazing staff at PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine.

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