Compass 1998 Merlot (California)

Starts out with Cabernet-like aromas of black currants and an undercurrent of something leaner: unsweetened chocolate, anise, and smoky, oaky notes. This wine accomplishes what many inexpensive Merlots don't: a rich, fruity smoothness. Which makes it a good Merlot value, even though the score isn't very high.

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