Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006
The 2006 Bordeaux varietals begin with the 2006 Merlot Brookman Vineyard. Velvety textured and approachable now, it will nevertheless evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2020.
Classy, with light texture, fine tannins and red plum and strawberry fruit. A delicate touch of mint lingers on the transparent finish.
Ruby-red. Brooding cherry and cassis aromas are brightened by floral and baking spice qualities. Cherry-vanilla and plum flavors coat the palate and are firmed by chewy tannins, which add a bitter note. This gained focus with air while maintaining sweetness. Pretty serious in style, with very good finishing tang and length. No fat on these bones.
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