| 1998 Brutocao Merlot Riserva d'Argento|
WB Rating: 85
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $20.00 (from winery)
Principal varietal(s): Merlot
A pleasant Merlot, though by no means a powerhouse. (This is something of a broken record for many California Merlots.) The nose is an appealing mix of ripe dark cherry, mocha, and cassis. In the mouth the wine has a balanced, ripe, though straightforward feel. The finish is clean though not extensive. A bit more stuffing would bump this wine's rating up several more points, as the right components all seem to be there. - HK 2002-11-13
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