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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156
(15.3% alcohol; includes 1% malbec): Good full red. Redcurrant, cherry, cedar and rose petal on the nose. Supple, silky and sweet, with an essentially gentle quality to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and very good length. This juicy merlot wears its alcohol gracefully. Winemaker Elias Fernandez used a bit of malbec to add color and broaden the palate.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2008 Merlot shows good freshness, mid-weight, not quite the flamboyance and intensity of the 2007, but lots of fruit as well as a seductive personality. It, too, should drink well for 7-8 years.
Author: Tim Fish
Elegant and focused, with black cherry and toasty oak aromas that lead to supple red currant, spice and herb notes. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/14/2012
Dark, cocoa, black currants. Full bodied with everything well balanced. Silky smooth tannins and a great finish. Just a well made wine.
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