Very intense... decanted for 1 hour and it did not disappoint... lots of fruit but structured as it evolved. I love it when merlots break through the usual mellow with some chocolate - had with some really thick grilled pork chops - this wine was a winner... merlot with an attitude... but you have to let it breath out over a couple of hours, some of which can be in the glass. Lots of life left in this wine, 5-10 years.
Agree with previous couple of reviews. Way too young, lots of heat, tannins. They overpower fruits. Let breathe overnight and still tight. Expected more given professional reviews. Earlier review suggested 4-5 more years. Not sure that will be enough. But, there is potential if you're patient. There are better Washington merlots, blends for the money. K-Vinters make some nice ones for example.
"Big" wine. Not too much of a nose even with air and drunk over two days. When it opened there was some nice tarry dark fruit, but it's so much that I couldn't get beyond one glass. At that point I noticed that it's 15.2% alcohol. Probably good for those who like that style, but easily 3-5 years needed if not more. I'd try in 2017-18.
By Michele Rolland Tasted at Winery Dark ruby color, clear with moderate plus viscosity and day bright reflections. Rich aromas tout crème de cassis, cherry, fresh cut vanilla bean and herbs that are set with a darker streak of creosote and black licorice that are balanced with dried crushed flowers and cologne. the palate is rich, dense and muscular framed by blackberry, cherry, cassis, vanilla, oak cocoa powder and violets with a a touch of cigar tobacco. This should age quite nicely as the acidity is moderate-plus with equal amounts of plush, ripe tannins. The finish is moderate plus in intensity and length. 92/93