Popped and poured with the Venturi. Nose exploded in the glass, and fruit was powerful, but with enough tannin to provide a good backbone. Gotta say, this wine was much better than we expected. Left the last glass in the kitchen for a few hours - was even better with air. This wine can easily go another 5+ years, so no rush. Drink now or hold. VERY GOOD.
From 375. Perhaps the best domestic big production merlot. Always dependable. I believe they even throw some other bdx grapes in this bottling. Dark cherry, slight heat, dark choclate, some tannins, and even a little leather. It's drinking well now, but doesn't even look to be on its last legs.
Improperly paired with some spicy shrimp. Saved most of the bottle for after dinner. Ended up decanting for almost an hour. Brought out nuanced flavors of green pepper . Strong stewed stone fruit flavor with mild tannic balance.
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