(From «nv» Vintage) Powerful is a way to describe the 2009 PlumpJack Merlot. Primary aromas of baked plums, cardamom, mulling spices and blackberry are followed by aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans and coffee. On the palate flavors of berry cobbler, plums and cocoa are followed by flavors of herbes de Provence, cedar and cigar smoke. The 2009 shows more firmness than the 2008 and will be at its best with two hours of decanting. We like to describe this wine as the “vin de garde” of the last three vintages of Merlot.
"In the nose almost burgundian like aromas of plum, kirsch, rhubarb, smoke and a hint of stem are followed on the palate by flavors of five spice, cardamom, star anise, vanilla and boysenberry. The finish is sturdy and a bit foreboding now. Over all this vintage of PlumpJack is truly a pinot noir lovers Syrah but fans of our previous wines will not be disappointed." -Winery
Wine Advocate(From «nv» Vintage) The 2009 Merlot bursts from the glass with racy red fruit, mint, flowers and spices. This is a refined, juicy Merlot to drink over the next few years.” Antonio Galloni, December 2012