The 2005 Merlot is composed of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah and was sourced from vineyards 9-16 years in age. The wine was aged 12 - 14 months in French and American oak (30% new wood) barrels and 165o cases were produced for the 05' vintage.
On the nose I get the obvious presence of oak and in particular I smell the typical characteristics of pine and dill that are associated with new American wood. There is also some nice peppery notes that combine with dark chocolate, mixed berry, and mulberry scented potpourri.
On the palate this wine packs a full punch and dense texture. There is very nice fruit density and weight and you get the sense that the wine over-delivers for the price point in terms of being a full bodied and rich wine. Mixed berry, chocolate cover raspberry sticks, blackberry jam, and oak are just some of the intense flavors I get when tasting the wine.
Overall this wine is very well made and I love the fact that it has very ripe fruit and doesn't show any "greeness" that sometimes young Merlot can display. 90 points