Chateau Julien Monterey County 2012 Merlot, $7.99-$9.99, 86 points, poured deep ruby with flashes of maroon and a clear rim-ring.
The beautiful aromas of chocolate, toasty plum, and floral boysenberry were outstanding.
Medium-bodied with fair acidity and mild tannin carried flavors of blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, and a hint of that chocolate, but there was a slight undercurrent of green grape.
Finished fair with an astringent note, eucalyptus, the trailing palate, well integrated 13.5% alcohol, and gentle spice.
With a name like "Chateau Julien", which upsets some, you might think that this is a French wine (Bordeaux), but Monterey County is in California.
I bought these at the Londonderry Market Basket.
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