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Professional Ratings: 95 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Item no. 102471
This concentrated wine has a velvety texture, bright acidity, and firm, well-integrated tannins. The aroma is layered with red fruit, dried herbs, allspice, vanilla bean, and a hint of dust. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by dark red fruits, including ripe strawberries and dried cherries, with inviting accents of toasted oak, chocolate, and spice.
Traveling a more conventional varietal path than its very well-made but more tightly wound sibling hailing from Howell Mountain, this plush, downright opulent Merlot simply oozes with juicy, optimally ripened black cherry fruit, and its very generous appointment of sweet oak in no way distracts from its grape-driven main message. It is blessed with far more than just another showy display of ripeness and oak, and it is surprisingly well-balanced beneath its baby fat with the structure to hold up and improve for many years.