On the nose this Merlot displays aromas of black currant, cedar, dust, and earth. It lacks a bit of depth and fruit character and seems to be perhaps under ripe from the aromatics.
On the palate this wine has an explosive rustic attack, bitter blackberry, currant, and lots of woody notes. The tannin appears to be green and unripe in nature and the finish is just as bitter.
To me this wine is the perfect example of why Merlot gets a bad rap. It's sad to think of the possibility of a new wine drinker tasting Merlot for the first time and coming across this wine. It's truly one of the poorest Napa Valley wines I've ever tasted. 71 points