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Friday, December 28, 2012

Avalon Napa Valley Merlot 2011 - Royally Good

Avalon Napa Valley Merlot 2011 - Royally Good
Good enough to be the house wine in Camelot?

100% Merlot from Napa Valley, California.

SRP of $15 and available for as low as $10. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"Avalon produces Napa Valley wines that earn respect and high praise for outstanding character and value. Our Merlot offers flavors of dark cherry and ripe plum with a hint of classic earthiness. Silky tannins support the rich fruit in this balanced, food-friendly wine.

13.8% Alcohol"
When you name the brand of your wine after paradise (Avalon in Arthurian legend) it better be good. Of course, you'd probably also expect the corresponding price tag to be quite hefty especially when the wine is coming from what many might consider the California wine paradise -- Napa Valley. But in a rare twist, the wine is actually cheap! The question is whether it is worthy of its name...let's find out.

The 2011 Avalon Napa Valley Merlot begins with a very pleasant and intriguing aroma of red and black cherry, plum, anise, butterscotch and cinnamon spice. Tasting the wine reveals a dry, smooth and silky texture with very soft tannins. This medium-bodied wine has lots of delicious fruit (black cherry mostly) along with cola, nice spice and a good dollop of oak -- you'll want to give it a little time to decant before drinking. It ends with lingering butterscotch and vanilla notes. Overall a very good, easy to drink Merlot that also offers up some nice complexity. Highly recommended for your round table especially at only $10.

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8.0


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