Castle Rock Napa Valley 2007 Merlot, $10.15-$13.99, 85 points, fits perfectly into the category of "Red Wine", as the color is a true red with a clear rim.
The aroma is a toasty earth with hints of vanilla, sweet cooking spice, and cedar.
Just bridging the line of a medium bodied wine, it weakly displays fair acidity, light tannin, and flavors of blackberry, licorice, and a little smoky meatiness.
The finish is weak too, but it is juicy and adds some spice too.
There is no ill flavors to gainsay this wine, but it is a bit mediocre and remains substantially a red table wine.
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