| Wine Advocate 89 points
There are 8,200 cases of the 2002 Merlot (a French oak-aged blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon). A sweet perfume of plums, cherries, mocha, and herbs jump from the glass of this opulent, medium-bodied, smooth Merlot. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. It is hard to find good, classic Merlot from California selling at a realistic price, but Atalon delivers the goods. Score: 89. —Robert Parker, February 2005.