Rating: The Tasting Panel 92 points
Winemaker's Notes: This Napa Valley Merlot was always Flora's favorite, and for good reason, as this smooth, supple yet well-structured red wine offers such immediate drinking pleasure. The 2014 vintage unfolds with inviting aromas of dark plum and black cherry and hints of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon spice. In the mouth the deep purple fruit flavors unfurl on a richly textured palate, joined by notes of sassafras, baked pie crust and dusty cocoa. A judicious touch of oak adds a toasty vanilla accent to the wine, and its long finish carries a tinge of sweet tobacco and dark chocolate.
This wine is wonderful on its own – the way Flora enjoyed it – or it can be paired with a variety of dishes, including barbecued meats and vegetarian pastas.