Hall Napa Valley 2005 Merlot, $24.99, 90 points, is dense purple, having a pleasant Red-Berry Aroma, a pleasant rich, but gentle palate feel and flavor, with a moderate finish of spice and a hint of chocolate. (Photograph is of the 2006 Hall Merlot)
$8.00-$12.00, 90 points, is bigger than these others, but not as big as the Shafer Merlot. It is darker, and having two of the three Cs, clove and cinnamon, more fragrant than the others, but not as fragrant as the Shafer Merlot. Concha Y Toro has a long finish of spice rounding off a robust and delicious Merlot.