Delivers almost everything you could ask for from a California Merlot. Plenty of plush, opulent fruit (blackberry and currant) and high-quality oak, and it tastes terrific. It has that pinpoint, laser-like quality you find in good wine. It's also very tannic: It numbs the palate and dries out on the finish, so it's best now with rich, fatty meats or age it and let it soften. Editors' Choice.