2017 Merlot, Oakville Station
This is a charming yet powerful expression of Merlot, from a world-class vineyard and a classic vintage. Bold aromas of black licorice, vanilla, and spice lift out of the glass with each swirl. Soft and juicy on entry with ripe red and black fruit at the core. The bright fruit and balanced acidity make this a terrific partner with food, but it can also stand proudly on its own. The tannins are chewy yet smooth and lush, lingering with layers of fruit and spice.
Blend: 98% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, .5% Cabernet Franc
90 Points, Wine Spectator (Oct. 2021)