Segal’s, Galil (Israel) Merlot Dovev Vineyard 2002

($30, Royal Wine Company): Although ripe fruit flavors dominate, intriguing gamy overtones peek though.  The fine tannins give it nice structure without astringency.  Still, its size and backbone means this Merlot is best at the table, not as a before-dinner drink. 89 Michael Apstein Sep 4, 2007