The wine is a deep inky purple at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is very inviting, with aromas of leather and ripe black fruit, blackberry jam, plum and currant over a hint of dusty limestone. The taste is rich, ripe and wonderfully smooth, with a rush of ripe fruit up front, black cherry, plum and current that transitions to some notes of green herbs and minerals midpalate. The tannins are quite subdued, leading to a lush, ripe and velvety dry finish that just beckons you to take another sip.
|A little pre-cooked image tonight!|
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's really a wonderful example of a quality Merlot with some nice aging potential. This wine would be great with hard cheeses, steak, chops or barbecue, but tonight I am totally going Fred Flintstone and enjoying this wine with a big bone-in, USDA Prime ribeye that was on sale at Costco today, along with some grilled asparagus and corn on the cob. It's been really hot out the past two days, so it seems appropriate to have a mid-summer dinner tonight, cheers!