(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:05 AM)
Altogether apposite and different, aromatically tart and sweetly herbal. Plenty of chocolate sweetness and yet really fine acidity. Wood and fruit, sweet, sour, tart and intense. The ripe fruit is a bit cooked though there’s lots of potential here. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted June 2019, 90 Points.
(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:06 AM)
The attractive nose is one to linger over - textbook Merlot aromas of dark cherry fruit, dried craisin, savoury herbs and plenty of luscious oak sweetness, with a very appealing cedar and fruit potency marking the finish. The tannins are grippy but ripe, adding a nice vinosity to this very plump, balanced Merlot. Rich, full-bodied and full-fruited, and entirely pleasurable to pair with umami-laden, slow-braised ribs. I tasted this delicious wine in a blind competition, and now that I know that the appassimento technique was used (20% of the Merlot grapes are dried to concentrate their flavour and boost mouth-coating body with extra glycerol) I am extra impressed. Bold fruit sweetness is nicely off-set by savoury complexity and well-pitched acidity, and the cedary oak brings it all into harmony. 91 Points.