2016 Basalt Cellars MerlotMerlot from United States
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- 94 Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute)
- 90 International Wine Report
94 Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute)
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted dark chocolate, dark-roasted espresso beans, hints of earth, and lingonberry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing touches of ripe plum, candied ginger, and chai latte with moderate oak flavor. A bold, distinctive, wonderfully balanced Merlot for now or later; serve with excellent meals and excellent company.
90 International Wine Report
This has nice smoke and herbal qualities on the nose with red cherry and crushed mint. The palate is lithe, showing good minerality. Black tea, blackberry pie and black cherry with red bell pepper all mingle together in the glass.
94 - Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute)
90 - International Wine Report
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather|