Blend: 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc,
5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich with aromatic aromas of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, this spicy Merlot shows red cherry fruit, black plum, blackberry and dark fruit flavors encased in a peppery, chocolate, black cherry finish.
"Beautifully dark and plummy, with smoky, opulent fruit. Though full and fleshy, it has complex layering—it’s not just a fruit bomb. Berries and spice, chocolate and herb work in sync, creating a complete, rich and toasty wine with excellent depth."
"Bright and distinctive, offering red cherry and currant flavors that just won't quit as this lean, lithe wine zings across the palate. Finishes with silky texture. Drink now through 2012. 6,082 cases made. "
This wine looks and smells great, but give it quite a bit of time to breathe to get the most out of it this year. Not quite as well blended as the nose would suggest and a touch sharp at the finish cost this wine a star and 3 points on my scale. I think this will do quite well if opened a year from now. Let breathe for 3 hours if opening in '08. Color 1-3:3; Nose 1-4:3; Taste 1-8:5; Overall 1-5:3 Total 0-20: 14
I agree with another review here. Looking back at my bottle's tag notes, after we let the wine breathe for at least an hour, it was much fruiter and more smooth than any other Merlot we've had.
Smooth & Supple
A solid Merlot, with a bit more than some of the milder Merlots. Had with steak, and wife liked it... was solid on tongue, not jumpy and hint of fruit to give it bit more than standard 'Merlot taste'