This Merlot boasts a deep purple color and enticing aromas of ripe blueberry, currant, and spice. The palate offers succulent flavors of dark juicy plums, crushed blackberry, and eucalyptus, while the small addition of Syrah adds just a hint of warm spice. Careful aging in small French oak barrels provides a back drop of sweet vanilla, followed by round, luxurious tannins.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLight fruit and roasted coffee smells are joined together in the all too quiet and underfilled nose of this medium-full-bodied wine. Elevated acidity and puckery tannins beat on the lesser fruit in the mouth without quite driving it from the scene, but, that said, it is not likely to earn many second glances.