| 1999 St. Francis Merlot Reserve, Behler Vineyard|
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 89
Alcohol by volume: 14.3%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (Costco)
Principal varietal(s): Merlot
The '99 Behler Merlot is several steps up from the good but not memorable '98. This wine is still young, tight, and unevolved, yet shows a lot of promise for the future. Chocolate, smoke, dark cherry, tart plums, and blackberry jam are found in the reticent but complex aromas. In the mouth, a good feel of richness behind the assertive tannins. It would be interesting to taste this one again in a few years. - HK 2003-11-07
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