88% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3.5% Petit Verdot - Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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The 2018 Spring Mountain Merlot is a very bright and fruit driven wine. The nose is bursting with black cherries and blueberry pie as well as cinnamon toast and caramel. There is some pleasant underpinning eucalyptus and gravel minerality. As always with this wine the mouth is full and rich. The tannins are present but soft as the lush viscosity coats them. The acidity is present but softer than previous years. There is a wonderful chocolate and cherry finish. This big fruit driven wine is drinking nicely in its youth but will develop some bottle bouquet over the next 8-9 years (2028-2029). Aged 22 months in French Oak Barrels 65% new and 35% a range of 2-4 year old. 14.9% ABV.