It's hard to choose a favorite amongst Harbes' 2014 Merlots but this one stands out for its finessed body and subtle spice and licorice tones. Intensely ripened black plum and berry flavors are concentrated but balanced, offset by brisk acidity and fine-grained persistent tannins. The finish is long with a meandering smoky tone.
Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010. A former attorney turned beverage devotee, she holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She is also an Advanced Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council with an enduring love for saké and shochu.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org