Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/24/14)
Clear medium ruby/garnet. Nose doesn’t do much for me…a slight touch of sulfur (which quickly blows off) and a bit of varnishy chemical quality; almost half chemical, half perfume. First impression on the palate is lots and lots of forward sweet fruit with dark Bing cherry, blackberry, blueberry and dark plum. There’s some black tea and nicely balanced toasty oak too. Medium tannins and acidity and a certain richness with slight bitterness in the finish. Even though that perfumey quality is still there in the mouth, the flavors are immensely better than the nose, but not sure I could get past the nose in another bottle. I suspect that some of our readers are going to really like this Merlot, but I just can’t completely enjoy it even though I really like the texture.