2003 Napa Valley Merlot
Deeply structured and rich with a long, harmonious finish.
Richly fruited nose of cherries, raspberries, chocolate, and smoke. Intense, jammy mid-palate is perfectly balanced, with a juicy raspberry intensity and just a hint of tannin to firm up the wine. Deeply structured and rich with a long, harmonious finish. Drink now and decant an hour or two or hold 5 to 10 years. A couple more months in the bottle (it's now mid-July) and it will fully expand to the dynamite barrel sample we all loved. We liked it so much that we were determined to bottle this wine despite Merlot's recent downfall from consumers' good graces.