This Merlot-Cab Franc blend is a lovely mélange of sweet sour cherries and vanilla spice combined with scents of darkly toasted oak and barnyard. On the palate as well, soft, rich, red fruit melds into earthy barnyard and black pepper spice notes, backed by gripping grape tannins. There's a hint of sweet tomato in the mid palate, but otherwise, a strong contender from Virginia.
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