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Saturday, July 28, 2012

2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot

Sometimes when people hear the term "daily drinker" it instantly turns them off, often believing that a particular wine might be perceived as run-of-the-mill or that there is nothing particularly special about the juice.  I, however, use the term "daily drinker" to describe a wine that is great tasting, memorable, affordable and comfortable to you, both in drink and in how it makes you feel.  And that is what we have with the 2009 Napa Valley Merlot from Robert Mondavi.  This wine features an explosion of sweet black fruit, tobacco, dried herbs and espresso bean.  The color is a gorgeous dark red and very fine grained tannins round out a very good drinking experience that is coated in plum, blueberry and herbs.  The wine is composed of 93% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec and it is a sexy feeling, full bodied pleaser!

ABV:  14.9%
AVA:  Napa Valley
Retail Price:  $23.00
Score:  88

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