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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Merlot 2005

If you're looking for a value-priced ($9) Merlot that delivers a lot of satisfaction, seek out the Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Merlot 2005. It has plenty of body and flavor and a bit of complexity, due to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah in the blend. And it was aged in new French oak for 11 months, so there's a pleasing amount of vanilla on the nose and palate. Since it's a youthful wine it benefits from about half an hour in a decanter, and is well worth the wait.
M. Zane Grey, 8:07 AM