On the nose, wet cement, a little organic material too, but no manure or animal, sort of forest floor in the spring. Vivacious at this point, but not without depth, dark, dried cherries dominate. There's something old world about it, vertical, not a fruit bomb. Stays around in the mouth for a while. This is a very well made wine, we predict that it will improve for a while.
Purple and dark, color cues the big fruit and tannin of this typically Ravenswood Merlot. Promising but tough, this one was still bitter and big after a day in a corked half-empty bottle. Unless you are a fan of big wines, don't drink this one for a few years. Will it survive the tannin? Pretty good with a hamburger though!
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