This is a tasty Merlot from Livermore Valley. Big and bold with medium acidity and a nice mouthfeel.
Dry on the palate, nicely balanced, and fruit forward.
Showing black fruits with earth, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, herbs and light green vegetables.
Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 45 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up and bring in more structure. Worth the wait.
Would age nicely in the next 5 years.
I paired it with a burger (and fries of course).
100% Merlot grapes were aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 138 cases.
14% alcohol by volume.