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2009 Roth Estate Merlot

Sweet and fruity is the feel of this wine. Very fruity, with caramelized fruit in aroma and flavors and finish. On the palate, there’s also some unripe plum along with its light woody tannins. Fairly uncomplicated and easy to drink as an aperitif. Serve cool. Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

In the nose, a touch of green pepper and eucalyptus, then nice spice appears. Also, a touch of sweetness, cotton candy surrounding the light fruit on the palate. Tannins open up a bit over the course of a half-hour or so, but the wine remains restrained and so light as to disappear in the mouth when paired with food. Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2004 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon

The nose is interesting, with blackberries, mocha, and a bit of tobacco leaf. The palate is interesting, too, with surprising cherry fruit in the lead, a background of blackberry, and hints of tobacco leaf. Very soft mocha shows upon the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, tannins very finely dusty. The finish is medium length. Drink with a black-and-blue ribeye (charred on the outside, rare inside) and sweet potato fries. Highly recommended.
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2006 Summers Ranch Knights Valley Reserve Merlot

Complex and familiar aromas, elements of black cherry, no make that black currant, with leather too, and leaf and forest underneath; the same on the palate, too. Good body, integrated tannins, and a medium-long finish. I made notes, then whisked the bottle off the table so I could try it again the next day. Yes, it really delivered, once again. At dinner, it worked especially well with garlicky beef.