| 1998 St. Francis Merlot Reserve, Behler Vineyard|
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 87
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (Costco)
Principal varietal(s): Merlot
A good Merlot, but disappointing considering how much we usually like the regular, non-reserve St. Francis Merlots. Nice richness, with chocolate and vanilla-covered cherries in the nose and flavors, but basically straightforward and lacking the extra nuances one expects of a reserve wine. Maybe this wine is just in an awkward stage, but we found the '98 reserve Merlot much less interesting than the '98 reserve Cab. - HK 2002-04-03
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