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Professional Ratings: 87 Wine Enthusiast, 87 Wine & Spirits
Region: Napa Valley, California
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Item no. 116189
Deep garnet in color. Inviting aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, and ripe plum are interwoven with notes of sage and blueberry. Hints of anise and clove give added complexity. Rich, elegant and well structured, the palate shows a velvet texture with smooth mouthfeel and good balance. Layered with full flavors of ripe plums, cherries, tobacco, and sweet notes of vanilla, the finish lingers with rich, dark fruit flavors.
Shows the soft, sensual mouthfeel you want in a nice Merlot, like silk gliding across the tongue, and the cherry and herb flavors are just fine. Misses some depth and complexity, but it's an elegant, restaurant-style wine for the money.
Concentrated with extract, this is a big black wine with a lot of smoky oak in play, a blunt merlot for a steak.