Very ripe, deep, dark berry aromas are embellished with roasted oak, black olive, with a touch of earthiness, tea and lush vanilla. The flavors follow suit and are set in a soft, medium-bodied structure with bright, expressive fruit. Lingering, refined tannins round out this food-friendly wine.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) 19% Merlot. Far and away the preferred bottling over its lesser mates below, Martini's Napa Valley version is a medium-deep, well-defined Cabernet that presents attractive cherry and cassis themes with a helpful dollop of creamy oak. Its nicely measured tannins will support a bit of time in the cellar, and three or four years of age will find it at its peak.