Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2012 - Extremely Tasty

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      2013 Arrogant Frog Red Wines

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      Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013

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      2004 Pahlmeyer Merlot – Bottle Notes

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      5 readers - By Zinfandel Chronicles

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      5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Bodega Noemia J. Alberto 2012

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      5 readers - By Just Grapes

      bring in the north fork, bring in the funk

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      August Wine Review: A Focus on Napa and Bordeaux Wines

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      Chateau La Tour Carnet 2007

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