This one is a crowd pleaser, in a good way! Ripe and warm fruit on the nose, medium+ body, with well handled oak, smooth medium tannins and supporting acidity. Went well with food. A little heat vanished after one hour. Really pleasing stuff, will consider buying more!
Pulled a bottle last year that impressed me and this did the same. Very big and dark merlot with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, oak, dark cherry, plum and a touch of alcohol. A little lighter but smoother oak than a year ago with more spiciness. The wine goes down well and can taste everything from the nose. The alcohol taste is gone and the wine goes down well with some tannins, but smooth as silk. Need to hold the other bottles.
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(Merryvale Merlot Starmont) Dark red violet color; berry, black fruit, black plum, clove, bay leaf nose; tasty, black plum, tart berry, black fruit palate with grainy tannins; medium-plus finish (18 mos in 32% new French & American oak; 14.5% alcohol; with 1% Cabernet Sauvignon; sample provided by winery)