(From 1999 Vintage) This Meritage exhibits deep hues of red and purple. The aromas are bright and forward with a strong concentration of ripe blackberry and notes of anise and vanilla. The generous palate is dominated by ripe, sweet berry and cedar-oak qualities credited to the extended period spent in barrel. The flavors are long and round, finishing with firm, pleasant tannins. This well integrated wine shows silkiness and finesse with overall balance and harmony.