(2009 Vintage) The Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008 offers aromas of fresh fruit, savory herbs, cocoa,and toasty oak. The wine is full-bodied with flavors of plum and black cherry layeredwith oak spice and bright acidity. On the palate, this wine is concentrated with greatstructure, fresh fruit, and lively acidity, coming together in a long and pleasing finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petite Sirah; 5% Syrah. Boasting the names of important grapes in its cepage, this wine contains 79% Merlot but barely speaks the name of its dominant variety. Instead, it is mild, thin and angular and absent any sense of soul. It winds up being all the things that have brought Merlot a bad name that it does not entirely deserve.