*Good Value* Smelling and tasting of ripe cherries, sweet oak and a touch of dry soil, this very well-focused wine is all Merlot in conviction. It is plush and supple in feel with a neatly tailored complement of supportive tannins, and it is sustained and tasty at the finish. It does what the grape does best in terms of being delicious and downright friendly, and it drinks splendidly now.
"Dark, supple and generous with its blackberry and black currant flavors, which play against superfine tannins on an open-textured finish. Floral, savory overtones add depth. Best from 2011 through 2017." (02/10) And, from Wine Enthusiast: "There is plenty of color and extract in this tannic wine. Blackberry fruit is at the core, and though aged in one third new oak, it is not evident in the flavors. A balanced and beautifully proportioned wine, which accurately captures the AVA's strengths."