Very dry and rather tannic, this Merlot strikes off in interesting directions. Along with the usual cherries and blackberries, it shows an array of dried-crushed herb aromas and flavors, such as thyme and sage. This increases balance and complexity, not to mention the wine’s versatility at the table.
Toasty oak adorns tart cherry fruit in this midweight wine. A peaty and toasted marshmallow nose sets the stage, and attractive caramel, sour plum/cherry and earth flavors follow. Finishes with good length, slightly tangy tannins, charred oak and cocoa accents. Best Buy.
This new young wine is quite a treat in an everyday Chard. It has tasty Chardonnay flavors of ripe pineapples and peaches, with spicy, vanilla-tinged oak and a smooth, creamy texture.
A textbook example of the modern, New World-style of red winemaking, this Merlot is as soft as melted butter, extraordinarily ripe and slightly sweet in the finish. The flavors are of vanilla-infused cherries, red currants and chocolate.