While this is supple and rich with loads of sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit, the penetrating minerality and a swathe of fresh flower and herb add depth and grace to this lovely Merlot. The tannins are still quite taut, yet they're ripe in nature. It drinks deliciously now, but it's structured enough to improve over the next five years.
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