Wine Spectator Best Buy
Gordon Brothers Merlot 03
($14.80 for any 12 or more bottles, otherwise $16.45)
Wine Spectator rating 90 points:
and spicy, with a glowing core of ripe raspberry, strawberry and
cherry balanced with juicy acidity and a lavish blanket of creamy
oak. It all mingles well, and the finish lingers. Drink now through
Wine Press Northwest - 2004 Platinum Judging – Platinum
“This was the top Merlot in the Platinum tasting thanks to aromas
chocolate and smokey cherries and flavors of blackberries and rich coffee
with a hint of white pepper on the finish. Well-managed tannins give
this approachability now.”
Monkey, Super Value
Valley Barrel Thief Red 03 $19.75/$21.95
($19.75 for any 12 or more bottles, otherwise
Yes, its an ugly monkey, really really ugly.
heck of a great value wine.
Dense color, GREAT nose, smoky black cherry,
hint of vanilla intertwined with smoke in nose and palate. Hearty, dense,
but smooth, chocolate in the finish. Meaty, firm tannins but smooth and
well integrated. Just a lush, big chunk of barbeque red wine for burgers & steaks.
Nothing esoteric or fancy, just butt ugly monkey red for hotter than
77% Cab Sauv, 17% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc, intense scent
and rich, lush,velvety flavors.
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