My Rating 85 Points.
Deep purple in color with a lighter purplish rim.
Fruity on the nose with blackberries, sweet cherries, red currants, blueberries, strawberry pie, licorice, vanilla, leather, oak, cola, alcohol, spices and black pepper.
Full-bodied with medium acidity, long legs and an airy mouth feel.
Fruity on the palate with blackberries, cherries, blueberries, figs, currants, metals, cedar, vanilla, light cloves, mint, espresso, chocolate and light peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with very soft tannins and bitter spices.
This is a Nice Columbia Valley Merlot. At a blind tasting, I would think that this would be a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
A little harsh ending, with a burn at the back of the throat, and somewhat watery mouth feel.
Still, very enjoyable with food and even by itself. Paired it with a stuffed eggplant Mediterranean dish.
14.5% alcohol by volume.