• swade wrote: (92 points)

    March 19, 2017 - Garnet dust color. Earth and spice aromas. Quite expressive aromas. Plum skin, blackberry and tomato leaf flavors. This still has some grip on the finish. A slight burn. This is a Cabernet lovers merlot, but it has the plushness I'm seeking. This upholds the name. This is a good address for outstanding merlot. 92

  • cdp1276 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    December 25, 2016 - Decanted out of wine fridge at 61° the complexity after an hour to two of drinking has mellowed. Great velvety smooth texture that just hangs on your tongue.

  • emtame wrote: (92 points)

    November 30, 2016 - In a really great place, especially with food. Lots of dark fruit with a savory undertone. The tannins have smoothed out a bit, but there's still plenty of structure to see it through several more years of fine drinking.

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  • jmottern Likes this wine: (93 points)

    October 19, 2016 - Another home run! Dark red full body wine with excellent nose. Blackberry and cherry fruit filled your mouth. Nice finish. This wine will only get better over the next few years.

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  • GoBlue2002 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    March 30, 2016 - PnP, sampled, decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking. Definitely improved with decant!
    Somewhat different from the 2009. This had more structure & malbec character. I preferred the 2009.
    Very aromatic -- draws you in (although the taste is a step down from this lure!)
    Luscious, full bodied merlot, juicy!, dried fruit, spice, tar, earth, bramble, with robust mouthfeel. Firm yet somewhat silky tannins.

    Drank for wife's birthday.
    Me - 91, Wife - 92/93

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  • Mtnmd1 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    February 18, 2016 - Started to open up more an hour after opening. Better than last bottle

  • camben Likes this wine:

    January 22, 2016 - Excellent, giving without sweetness

  • WinthropT96 wrote: (93 points)

    December 24, 2015 - Decanted 2+ hours and served with beef stew & polenta main dish. Drinking very well now. On the nose, powerful fruit (more dark than red, currants) with an earthy undertone. Similar on the palate, with a wow factor, with its structure and medium-full body. Good value for a higher-end merlot and even relative to what else $60 could get you in Ohio.

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  • jshufelt wrote: (91 points)

    December 24, 2015 - Decanted for three hours before service. In the glass, inky indigo. On the nose, forest, plums, and currants. On the palate, blue fruits, plums, and earthy notes in the background, with an assertive tannic finish. This clearly needs more time in the cellar, perhaps 3-5 years to begin to wake up.

  • njgolfer wrote: (90 points)

    October 23, 2015 - Decanted 1.5 hours.
    Nose of strawberry and blackberry compote. Spices

    Medium, chewy tannins on the mid palate.

    Tastes of pine needles, red and black cherries. Bittersweet baking chocolate.

    Has quite a long life ahead of it.

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