Napa Cellars Napa Valley 2013 Merlot, $15.29-$20.99, 89 points, poured core black grading purple/red, lighter red near the clear wine ring and thickly sheeted glass wall.
Aromatic sea breezes, toast, smoke, red raspberry, and plum were quite good.
Medium-plus body was appropriately acidic, and with firm grainy tannins carried excellent flavors of plum, mulberry, mushrooms, licorice, and accenting cola/coffee notes.
Finished very long on the trailing palate, a bit oaky, hints of cocoa, and a 14.2% alcohol inspirited spiciness.
Paired perfectly with our Texas burgers.
Lovely Merlot with character and a great Quality/Price/Ratio (QPR).
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