88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008
($56) Good full ruby-red. Musky, rather sauvage aromas of mocha, leather, chocolate, iris and sweet oak, plus a whiff of fennel. Supple, sweet and thick with dark berry fruit, but the leather, smoked meat and band-aid notes may put off some tasters. Finishes with suave, smooth tannins and suggestions of exotic fruits. Distinctly wild merlot.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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