The cool 2011 growing season seems to have presented a ripeness issue for this Merlot, which includes a healthy dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon along with Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It leans far into the green with notes of jalapeño, bell pepper and herbs backed by chalky tannins.
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