La Storia Merlot is and has been consistently fine example of the ability of this classic Bordeaux variety to make solid, tasty and age worthy wines. The main aromas and flavors are of dark cherry, plums, a bit of black licorice and herbs. The new oak barrels contribute a touch of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa dust and toast. On the mouth the wine is soft and viscous, balancing the acidity and the tannins well for such a young wine. The finish is long and soft with suggestion of sweetness backed by ripe tannins.
Also not yet bottled, the 2019 Merlot La Storia is another rock-solid looking barrel sample from this label. Lots of ripe black cherries, scorched earth, chocolate, and tobacco notes dominate the nose, and it's rich and medium to full-bodied, with a great mid-palate and outstanding length.