Wine Spectator 88 points - Supple and easygoing, with appealing flavors of black cherry, toasty oak and herb. Drink now through 2018. 475,000 cases made. From California.-T.F. (Nov 24 2014)
Concentrated and full-bodied, the 2009 Merlot is a study in contrasts. Subtle and silky, yet bright and intense, this deep red wine is multifaceted. Black raspberry and dark cherry greet the nose, while the brighter fruit of ripe summer plum dazzles the palate. The toast and spice of twelve months in American oak seamlessly integrate with the tannin structure of this wine, leaving a long, lingering finish, which is ready to drink now through 2014.