Complex cherry, chocolate and black fruit aromas jump from the nose of this Merlot. On the palate, black cherry, cedar and roasty tobacco lead to a full, round mouth with firm structure and elegance.
Premium grapes were selected from the finest vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. This wine consists of Merlot (82%) blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Malbec (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Each component was aged separately for 12 months in French and American oak before blending.
Here is a merlot that excites.... full of vivid fruit flavors, it evidences satisfying depth and nuanced subtlety. Delicious now, it will be even better (because more complex) with a year or two of bottled age.