this is a really good merlot. I was surprised and very pleased. Had with a Filet Mignon in Myrtle Beach, no decanting. color is dark plum. The nose is dark berry and earthy. dark cherry and berries are notable and the texture and feel in the mouth is very rich and thick. It is very well integrated and balanced, which is what I like most. it is a very 'front of the palate experience, but it lasts for a long time. I really enjoyed this. 92++
Decanted for an hour or so. Deep, inky purple color with aromas of plum, blue fruit, chocolate and black raspberry. Full-bodied with fine, sweet tannins and flavors of cherry, chocolate, plums and black fruit. Vanilla and oak spice on the finish. The last few drops in the glass show a lovely perfume of violets and incense.
A much better showing than the last bottle, but still much too young and primary- though that is what Domino wanted to drink tonight, so it fit the bill perfectly. That said, I would hold this until 2020 before opening another.
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