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Community Tasting Notes (22) Avg Score: 90.3 points

  • This could not be more different from my last bottle a year or two ago. That one still had the aggressive, raw American oak. It's now barely noticeable, amazingly enough. What happened to the fruit is equally surprising, as it's gotten very backwards and structured, more like cabernet than the plump fleshiness one usually associates with merlot. Lacking primary sweetness, the minerality has come to the foreground and it is intense, full of iron and rock-quarry evocations, so VERY Santa Cruz Mountains - reminds me of some of the great Mount Eden cabernets.

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  • Served with steak, parsnips, & mushroom sauce.
    A pretty wine, crimson/ruby, consistent to the rim.
    Nose showed plum, cherry, spice and herb, a touch of smoke - nice.
    Medium body, dry, spice shines through, balanced on all fronts. Not a fruit bomb - drinking smooth and wonderfully.

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  • This wine is already so damn good. Plush, balanced and super flavorful with lovely underlying mint, cherry and plum with nice oak accent and wonderfully bright acidity keeping the tannin and alcohol in line and well integrated. Wish I had more to age. Very nice expression of Merlot.

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  • Aromas of toasted coconut and assorted red fruits. Light bodied with an unexpectedly lean texture. This is Merlot? Medium intensity cherry and strawberry shaded by tomato leaf. Medium acidity, supple tannins and a watered down finish that fades quickly. Adequate for Friday night but there's better for the money.

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  • Deep, purplish color. Aromatic, stewed plums, baking spice and smoked wood chips. Fresh acidity, medium, round tannins, with perfect balance. Concentrated plum, baking spice with fresh picked green and red bell peppers. One of better Cali merlot's I've consumed in past few years.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015, (See more on Vinous...)

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