The wine, like the vineyard itself, shows a wild, exotic side rarely seen in Merlot. The color is a deep garnet, black cherry red. The nose is a complex mixture of roses, minerals, and cinnamon. On the palate, bright blackberry and an earthy minerality are complemented by nutmeg and hints of leather. Silky, fine-grained tannins carry through the finish with flavors of graphite, cocoa and espresso bean. Our Howell Mountain Merlot represents the height of what Merlot can be, and we expect to see it evolve over the next twenty years.