Winemaker Elias Fernandez has created a beauty with this blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's round and rich, with juicy black-cherry fruit. The finish is long and luscious, with soft tannins and lingering layers of flavor.
There is good availability (10,000 cases produced) of the outstanding 1997 Merlot (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon). It exhibits copious quantities of cedar, coffee, plum, and black cherry/cassis fruit. The texture is fleshy and open-knit, with gobs of ripeness. Drink this medium-bodied, lush, pure Merlot over the next 10-12 years. (RP)
Saturated ruby-red. Black cherry, plum, licorice and menthol on the nose; quintessential Napa merlot aromas. Juicy and intensely flavored, with nicely integrated acidity and a pliant texture. Finishes firm, with dusty tannins and a hint of unabsorbed acidity. (ST)
Earthy initially, it builds in richness, with ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, anise, sage and cedar notes, turning supple. (JL)
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