Deep ruby-red in color, sensual aromas of blackberry and purple fruits complement undertones of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body make for a balanced wine with a long, lingering finish.
Pair this wine with choucroute, harissa-based sauces, lamb tagines, or massaman curry.
"The 2012 Merlot is another knockout value wine. Riccardo Cotarella dedicated much of the first part of his winemaking career to Merlot. You can feel his familiarity with the grape here, even on a basic wine like this. Softly rendered oak tones wrap gently around a core of dark berry fruit. The results are delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
The Wine Advocate
"This soft, round wine opens with aromas of oak, vanilla and black fruit. It has big, ripe flavors of blackberry, plum, espresso and chocolate alongside smooth tannins. While it's not complex, it’s delicious and ready to enjoy now."