| 2006 Stryker Merlot Estate|
Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 90
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $27.00 (Winery)
Principal varietal(s): Merlot
This excellent Merlot has the structure and depth of a really good California Cabernet - something of a rarity among California Merlots. Opaque purple in color, full-bodied yet with admirable balance and tannic structure. Ripe berry fruit with a strong dose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Full and seamless-feeling in the mouth, lingering finish. Top-flight Merlot and, like virtually all the Stryker wines I've had, elegant and drinkable at a young age yet with the balance to go for a few years. - HK 2011-10-23
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