Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It is medium-full in the mouth, displaying integrated tannins. As it slides to a lingering finish, it picks up slick graphite and black licorice. This is a worthy successor to over three decades of outstanding vintages of the Sonoma county Merlot.
MSRP: $28 (July 2016)
Wine Line rating: 90