(2012 Vintage) Explosive aromas of warm, yeasty blackberry cobbler, Asian spice, and the exotic Mandarin orange peel that is a distinction of Blueline Merlot. The palate is rich with flavor, weaving dark sour cherry, plum and blackberry together with intriguing notes of hoisin sauce and crushed stone minerality. Layered and very complex, the texture features Merlot's classic silky suppleness but with a firm spine at the core. The long trailing finish is expansive, with a band of refreshing acidity and vibrant minerality that make this a wine of great contrast. Amazingly approachable now, this 2014 Merlot should hit its peak in the next three to five years and has the stuffing to age gracefully well beyond that, potentially outrunning common assumptions about the varietal's ageability.
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013