This Napa Valley Merlot opens with a bouquet of ripe red and black berry fruit aromas alongside hints of perfumed floral, savory spice. This Merlot is very alluring with layers of fresh black cherry, raspberry, cranberry and cassis supported by sweet baking spice notes of cinnamon, clove, graham cracker and sweet vanilla – all influences from the oak aging integrating perfectly with the varietal and terroir expression. The wine’s round, rich and plush palate invites you in to discover the vibrant berry fruit flavors that evolve into nuanced flavors of mocha, malted chocolate, cola and espresso bean. There’s also a delicate earthy character with soft wild sage, dried crushed herbs, and anise seed coming through on the back end. Mouthwatering acidity gives length to the flavors and a nice lift that carries through on the finish, while supple tannins frame this generous Merlot and give it cellar worthiness and a beautiful structure.