This blend of Cabernet (54%) and Merlot (36%) also includes a bit of Shiraz (10%). The Cab and Merlot show some herbal tendencies and drying tannins, imparting plenty of firmness to this full-bodied wine. Black cherry fruit dominates at this stage, but expect to see some tobacco and cedar emerge over time. Drink 2012–2020.
Medium-bodied with chalky tannins, this textbook Merlot offers blackberries and raspberries from palate to finish. Nice toasted-nut and caramel aromas, and a twinge of leafiness, complement the blackberries on the nose. - D.M.