2011 Merlot, Spring Mountain District -- $60
The thick skins of a cooler year show in the concentration of color on the 2011 Merlot. This wine is showing concentrated cassis, black plum and peppercorn on the nose. There is also prevalent minerality, mostly gravel with some dusty earth. Texturally, the wine is so soft and silky. More red fruit and spice (clove and white pepper) are present on the palate. Firm chalky tannins begin to build early on,which is backed by nicely prevalent acidity. This merlot will hold strong for 9-10 years (2022-2023).