My Rating 89 Points.
For National Drink Wine Day, I opened this beautiful Napa Valley Merlot.
Dark inky in color with a very thin purple rim.
Nice fruity nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, light green pepper, bitter vegetables, earth, dust, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn and spices.
Full bodied, big and bold, with high acidity and nice long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, green pepper, earth, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke chocolates and mocha.
Long finish with green, angular tannins and black pepper.
A very young Napa Merlot that needs 3 to 7 years to mature. Enormous tannins that will not match everyone’s palate.
Still unbalanced, but I liked it with a plate of hard cheeses.
Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly.
91 points Wine Enthusiasts
14.5% alcohol by volume.