Substantially better than a bottle of two years ago. On the nose, pure, almost bright red fruit (currant and raspberry), with a hint of leather, bell pepper, and oak. Palate offers bing cherry, raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, black pepper and coffee. Long finish with gentle, sweet tannin. Very nice.
Blue core with some brown bricking around the edge and a clear rim. Sweet nose with floral and blueberry notes. Palate had depth with some vanilla, cola, blueberry, currant, and even a little earth tones toward the end. However, the flavors were muddled together and not resolved in a way that they supported the experience with layers of flavors. I am a fan of Merlot, and this is a good bottle that shows secondary characteristics, but is going past prime. Enjoyable.
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