Shiloh Winery Secret Reserve Merlot 2017, Israel

It’s time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish tint and a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, figs, raisins, vanilla, spices, espresso, pencil lead, herbs and black pepper. A beautiful nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with plums, sweet cherries, oak, spices, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Israel. Very tasty already, but still very young.

Tangy and big. Fruit forward, spicy and interesting. Showing nice complexity and nicely balanced.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime. Showing big tannins once it opens up.

Delicious by itself or with food and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

100% Merlot grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly new French oak barrels.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50.

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