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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156
(96% merlot with 5% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Powerful mineral-driven aromas of crushed blackberry, black cherry and bitter chocolate. Dense, thick and sweet, and almost painfully intense, with uncommon structure for merlot. With a moderate pH of 3.57, 6.7 g/l total acidity and 14.3% alcohol, this has the balance for a couple decades of evolution in the bottle. Most impressive today on the explosive whiplash of a finish. From merlot vines planted on volcanic rock and clay.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2008 Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard (96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc) is virtually perfect. This offering is just as strong as the 2007, but slightly more forward and irresistible than the backward 2007. It boasts a dense inky/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cocoa, forest floor, graphite and subtle hints of smoke as well as camphor. The wine reveals fresh acids, laser-like precision and an extraordinary plump, fleshy mouthfeel. Already approachable, it should evolve for 20-25+ years.
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Author: Doug Wilder
Shows a nose of velvet-like blossoms and dark red fruits, with a palate that is powerful, intense and profound. The fruit is well defined and polished with a little oxidized character near the finish. Still one of the top Merlot on the market.
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