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2017 Estate Merlot

2017 Estate Merlot
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The 2017 vintage of Merlot is a perfect example of why the Happy Canyon region produces some of the most beautiful and complex Bordeaux varietals in the world. This medium-bodied wine opens with notes of red currant and raspberry, along with traces of cocoa, baking spices, and a hint of lavender. Flavors of pomegranate and cola are prominent upon first sip, quickly opening up to lush secondary notes of vanilla and rich dark cherry.

As the wine opens, traces of worn leather and toffee begin to emerge, a reflection of the time spent aging in French Oak. The traces of oak and the red fruit flavors complement each other perfectly and give way to a finish which is incredibly soft and smooth. This is an elegant and mindful wine which showcases the true characteristics of the Merlot varietal but is also a Merlot that any Cab drinker will appreciate and enjoy!

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Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
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Tasting Notes
The 2017 Merlot Estate is bold, racy and so compelling. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice, new leather and dark spices all flesh out in a supple mid-weight Merlot loaded with appeal. Bold and immediate, the 2017 is flat out delicious today, but it also has enough depth to develop well in bottle for years to come. -Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93 Points - Vinous