It’s been a little while since I was happy with a Merlot. I’ve been on a roll of non-varietal Merlots. Vic Harradine from brought this one to my attention. Vic reviews new releases at the LCBO which come in handy, thanks Vic! Yummy …

Onto this wine. The wine is very dark puple/plum in color. On the nose it’s quite a mild bouquet. On the mid pallet, there it is, wait for it, yes! Plum. This is quite a good Merlot. Probably one of the best ones I’ve had in a while. The fruit is prominent and vibrant. Lots of dark fruit flavors. On the finish is nothing that does not belong. No pepperyness, no sharp tannins, the wine is on the lighter side of medium. This is definitely a fruit forward Merlot. My GF loves Merlots and this one was a big hit. The bottle was gone before we knew it. I will be heading back for more. I would say this is easily a 90 (if you like Merlots).

Candor Lot 1 Merlot California. 14.5% alcohol Offering good purity of fruit and flavour it opens with heady aromas of mixed spice espresso roast and dark berry fruit. Theres medium weight with loads of texture as it ladles out a gusher of flavour with black currant spiced black Damson plum and dark field berry predominant. The finish is crisp and dry balanced and mouth-watering good. Its a perfect dance partner with medium-well grilled strip loin. (Vic Harradine) (135392) $18.95 Featured 10/10/2009. 4.5/5 stars.

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