Franciscan Estate Merlot, Napa Valley, 2015 (750ml)
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Winemaker's Notes Deep scarlet in color. Aromas of blackberry, and ripe cherry liquor lend a dark fruit aroma to this wine, followed by more complex layers of cedar, black pepper, and freshly cut hay. The pallet has finely knit tannins with notes of black cherry and sweet herbs. This wine has beautiful balance with good structure. The long finish leaves hints of dark coca on the palate.
Critical Acclaim Vintage 2014 - 91 points - Wine Enthusiast This is an impressively made wine, offering a tart red currant around savory notes of fresh tobacco, clove, cedar and graphite. Robustly built up front, it shows balance through the midpalate and a firm control of its ripeness, dotted in baking spice and pepper.