(2003 Vintage) Deals plenty of sweet oak as well as berry, cherry, and plum-like fruit, and hints of underbrush and smoke. Round, moderately generous, and seductive, it will provide pleasure over the next 3-4 years. It is hard to find good, classic Merlot from California selling at a realistic price, but Atalon delivers the goods.
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/02