During my recent trip to Washington State, my eyes were opened to a heartier, more complex style of Merlot. We don’t need to revisit Sideways to know that a lot of Merlot is fruit forward, mellow and (some would say) often for the more timid souls.
This reserve Merlot was a treat. It is aged in oak barrels for eight months, imparting a nice, but not overpowering, oaky characteristic. This wine is a deep violet-ruby red. The color is just outstanding.
Flavor notes of blackberries and currents come forward and it also has touches of vanilla.
This is a soft, drinkable wine with some nice sophistication.
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