Reviewed last year under the K Vintners label, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Northridge is a serious effort that’s reminiscent of a top flight Pomerol. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as ample black currants, plums, wet clay and earth in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated, layered package that’s already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well over the following 10-15 years. 94+ points. (JD)
*Editors' Choice* Brooding aromas of blackberry seed, black currant and licorice are followed by a full-bodied palate, with a tight core of dark-fruit flavors supported by fine-grained tannins. It’s near irresistible, showing impeccable styling. (SS)
Healthy medium red. More serious on the nose than the Stoneridge Vineyard Merlot, offering aromas of red cherry, plum, licorice and spices. More concentrated and densely packed as well, in a more complex, delineated, Bordeaux-like direction. Really fills the mouth and expands on the back end, with the tannins more effectively buffered by fruit than those of the Stoneridge Vineyard example. Boasts very good energy for such a ripe wine; in fact, I never would have guessed that it was carrying 15% alcohol. (ST)
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