Avalon Napa Merlot 2009

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

Price: $13.99
Item No. 109114
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Our 2009 Merlot shows its depth with a rich garnet color. Aromas of juicy boysenberries and cherry pie fill the glass. Crème brùlée and brown sugar notes from oak aging complement the ripe berry aromas. Mountain fruit characteristics show in the intensity of the fruit flavors. The entry enjoys sweet berry notes of raspberry and cherry with a finish of jammy boysenberry preserves. The oak notes of chocolate and wood smoke pair with and complement the rich fruit layers. Refined tannins support this balanced wine that doesn't show the typical alcohol component found in many Merlots. As the wine develops in the glass, one may enjoy ongoing berry notes, a touch of allspice evolving in the middle, while the wine continues to lengthen on the finish. Smooth, silky and profound berry flavors confirm this wine's birthplace as Napa Valley.

Blend: 88% Merlot, 6% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petite Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"One of the best Merlot values on the market. With rich, delicious cherry, anise and sandalwood flavors, wrapped into softly smooth tannins, it’s just what a California Merlot should be."
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/7/2012)
Outstanding value for a very flavorful, easy drinking Merlot.
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Rating:
(11/28/2012)
Very good for the price.
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Rating:
(1/4/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
I liked this wine very much. It was good enough to have more than one glass at a sitting. Good buy.
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susan little - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(12/9/2011)
I nice addtional to the Cab- I like it!
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Rating:
(11/22/2011)
decent but a little sour
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(11/17/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
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(11/6/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
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Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT (read all my reviews)

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