"Gainey was one of the first Santa Barbara wineries to nail Merlot, and while the Limited Selection is richer, their regular release is no slouch. Deeply extracted in blackcurrant fruit, well-oaked, and balanced in tannins and acids, it has that sumptuous mouthfeel you associate with upscale red wines."
This wine is deep purple in color, almost opaque even in sunlight - the first indication that there is going to be "stuff" in the glass. At first the wine shows only its' smoke, earth and mineral notes. With air the wine reveals bing cherry, strawberry, plum, vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Sweet sage and marjoram further compliment this enticing Merlot.
Ripe fruit and sweet new oak intermingle to produce a supple, mouthfilling wine that is sure to compliment many a dinner (or lunch). This wine is very pleasant to drink now with modest tannins and admirable fruit concentration. The finish is all sweet fruit and a little dab of chocolate. It will continue to develop and improve over the next five years.