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2006 Wild Horse Paso Robles Merlot

September 10, 2010 - Norman Bentley



Twenty-one months ago "The Wine Spectator" scored the 2006 Wild Horse Merlot an 85 with the following comments; "Ripe and zesty, with plum and roasted herb aromas and red currant and exotic Asian spice flavors. Drink now."  A lot of you did.  However there are still some bottles of the 2006 left in the market place, and what an improvement those couple of years have made for this wine.


We just had a bottle last night with some wonderful Beef Stroganoff, and my score would be a 90 at this point in its life.  It is dark red in color with a nose of black cherry and currant.  The flavors are complex with maturity, but have not lost any of their bright fruit zest.  The combination of cherry and cassis swril together with the slight presence of spice, and flow into a well rounded finish of mild toasty tannin. So often we consume wine at too early an age, but four years old may be the perfect place in time to enjoy this Merlot.


Our recipe for Beef Stroganoff is hard to beat, but the Wild Horse would be a great choice for grilled steaks, or any skewered meat from the grill. Find a bottle an enjoy it before they all disapear!  Norm's score is 90. 


Price - $14 - $18


Score - 90




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