The 2017 Merlot opens with dusty aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, vanilla, and toasted oak. A soft, rounded texture delivers mouth-filling flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and cola. Velvety tannins are finely integrated into a rich, chewy finish.
The full-bodied character of the 2017 Merlot is a fine match for rich, flavorful fare. Recommended pairings include beef tenderloin, pasta with lamb ragu, mushroom risotto and red wine-braised brisket.
Black cherry, potpourri and the slightest hint of vanilla bean show on the nose of this bottling. Hearty black plum, boysenberry, herb and pepper flavors pop on the palate, which is wrapped in a leathery texture.