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Wine Review: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot

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Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Private Selection California 2012 is a bright wine with smooth cherry, plum and strawberry taste. There is a hint of black olive and spice as indicative of its coastal environment.   It is a dark red wine with a pronounced tannin bite that works well on cool and rainy nights or coming indoors from the chilled evening air.   The wine is produced in Monterrey County which was named as one of the top ten wine destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine ( 1 ). The location is ideal soils that receive ripening ocean mist. It is an area of winding roads and cliff side views.   Approximately 85 different vineyards have made their home in the area. Supportive local bars and restaurants offer local varieties.  As a West Coast locality Monterrey County has a unique history. The founding of the area started with the explorers Fray Junípero Serra, Miguel Costansó, and their band of engineers, Indians, and sailors. On May 24, 1770 they discovered the Bay o