Given the age and the vintage of this Merlot, I was pleasantly surprised by how it's done. It's drinking very well now, with less fruit showing than the 97, but good weight on the palette with secondary flavors building with some chocolate and cherry. Overall, this will not improve and is past its peak on the way down.
Aromas of saddle leather, currants, wet tobacco and plum. Tannins are present but soft, has a nice mix of red and dark fruit, tobacco and even some iron. Develops a great floral quality with lavender and rose petals. Red fruit and iron with a long finish. Guessed CA Bordeaux blend.
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