Aromas of cigar box, espresso mocha bean, and blackberry, sweet vanilla spice and ripe plum. Easy enter on the palate with the acids holding up and in balance with the fruit. The tannins have mellowed out and likely indicate that the peak is now or just past.
A lovely merlot with grace and balance. I wish I wasn't so pre-occupied when I drank it though. I agree with those who say the mid-palate is a bit awkward. The nose promises more than what is delivered, but it was very enjoyable altogether. I don't really think I'd go any higher than 91 on the score.
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