Alluring nose of dried fruits, black cherry, boysenberry, plum, and sweet vanilla. The taste is round with supple tannins. Red and black cherry notes dominate, with a hint of plum and blonde tobacco. This Merlot is full and forward - it is no shrinking violet.
The finish is robust and lingering, with residual boysenberry and vanilla highlights. Enjoyable immediately, and can be cellared for 5 - 10 years.
Ideal with grilled lamb chops or duck. It also shines when paired with pizza, a gourmet burger, or grilled vegetables.
"Marked by beautifully smooth, rounded tannins, this supple, polished Merlot offers very ripe flavors of cherries, red currants, violets, anise and sandalwood. If you like your wines when they’re all primary fruit, drink it now. Otherwise, stash it away for three or four years. — S.H." (4/1/2010)
"Deftly blends the sleek and focused old-school style with a riper, plusher framework. Aromas of red currant and mocha oak lead to tart cherry, tomato leaf and spice flavors. Drink now through 2014. 400 cases made. –TF" (2010)