Best for last. This was my last bottle, and probably the best of them all. Wonderful layering of 5 nobles but with a clear California over-ripeness. Some dried herbs, sweet Oak and hints of cassis. 20 second finish and near silky on palate.
Not my best bottle over the past year. It took about 30 minutes for the funk/age to blow off, but even then this bottle was a bit tired compared to others I've had recently. Still, however, a perfectly lovely Meritage with red, black and blue fruits in that order, soft Oak, dill and other herbs.
There is some funk when first opening, but after 30 to 40 minutes, the wine comes around fully. Sweet and perky black, blue and red fruits, a little bit of spice and sweet Oak. Very smooth wine with a 20 second finish. A real bargain.
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