Who says Northern and Southern California don’t get along? This wine is made at an oceanside winery in Ventura from prime Napa fruit. Leeward’s Chucks-Brigham and Gardner-make small batches of heady varietals, all with piercing, deep flavors. This Merlot is heavy on the black fruit and is built on a rack of perfect tannins. It’s ready to drink now, but will soften…
Attractive aromas of cola, strawberry, vanilla and ginger snaps. Blackberry fruit with cinnamon, clove and foresty accents. Medium-bodied, with nice fruit on the finish. Pleasing, with an easygoing manner.
Lavishly oaked; grandiose toast meets smokestack lightning on the nose. It calms down on the palate, where it leans toward apple and lemon fruit before moving smoothly into a long, toasty finish.
Good color and texture, but short on flavorful fruit. A bit lean and lemony throughout, the wine just never gets it completely together. A smidgin of green-apple crispness and a little warmth, but overall too green and lean to score higher.