Apparently, this one improved with time, as it was a delightful surprise. The nose was mild, but herby and aniseed overtones. Silky and velvety on the palate. It really was more like a Pinot, with bursting berries, anise and pepper, all very well and delicately balanced. Such rich notes and a lingering finish. Very complex and perfectly drinkable right now. Biggest regret is that we don't have more. This old girl just needed a little time to come into her own!
Had with grilled sausages and pasta. Beautiful. Deep purple color. Nice bouquet of fruit. Cassis and jammy nose. Smooth mouth feel with a blueberry/plummy taste. Long finish. Great food wine. Nicely balanced.
Medium bodied wine with less fruit and more herbal complexity than most people want out of their merlot. It's still a fine wine and went well with prosciutto wrapped monkfish w/ a brown sauce (surprisingly easy dsih copied from Robert Redford's Sundance restaurant in Utah)
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