Lots of structure in this refined, polished Merlot. The tannins are strong but sweetly ripe, and with the crisp acids, they provide a rich framework to the cherry, cassis, cola and mocha flavors. Dry and elegant, this wine drinks well now and should hold for five years before the fruit fades.
Made solidly in the style of Jess Jackson’s mountain estate wines, a dark, dense Merlot of great intensity and weight. It possesses a laserlike concentration of sweet cassis and cherry fruit that is wrapped in significant tannins. Meets the challenge with such wines and achieves balance and finesse.