In 2007, Stephen Tanzer wrote, "Good medium ruby-red. Dark berries, violet and mint on the nose, along with a piney nuance. Juicy, spicy dark berry flavors show good intensity but are a bit rigid and clenched, in need of more sweetness. Not bad but finishes quite tannic and a bit dry-edged." Five years later, the nose and flavors are still there...and the tannins have softened, along with the edginess. Quite nice.
This is shockingly nice to me. Right ban Bordeaux nose with slight funk that blew off quickly. The palate is singing with mint and cedar and dark soft fruit. Decent structure but no overwhelming oak. This should improve for several more years but is beautiful now.
Ahhhh..here is the plushness that was missing from the last WA Merlot we had. Huge ripe raspberries, spices, plums, meat, dark chocolate, and herbs on the nose. Tart raspberries, dark cherries, dirt, leather, coffee, and tobacco on the palate. Dry medium plus length finish. Lots and lots of life left but was drinking well with about an hour in the decanter.Went well with sausage pizza.
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