Dark yet somewhat translucent crimson. Oak dominates the nose, with some raspberry and earth poking through. Medium bodied, the first sip was extremely woody; I had to put it aside for at least a couple of hours. Given that time, cranberries and bing cherries come out while still enveloped in dry herbs and woody tannins, tobacco, some heat, and a tart, dry, mouth puckering finish. I think there's good fruit in there that's trying to get out, but the oak treatment is getting in the way.
First Cali merlot I've had in years and it was a great surprise. Excellent structure. Nice dark fruit up front with an almost eucalyptus finish. Very complex for the price. I would have though it was a cab over a merlot. I wish I had bought two bottles now.
PNP-Full bodied, a little sweet. Hints of some good fruit but seems hidden behind the tannins and acidity. Also has some slight astringency and bitterness. Oak/vanilla present with kind of a strange and empty finish and aftertaste. Overall it's a decent Napa Merlot for $15 and should integrate and may improve wth a more time.
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