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IDLE CELLARS MERLOT, LOS CHAMIZAL VINEYARD, SONOMA VALLEY 2013
NVWE Notes: Classically Moon Mountain in its gutsy-minerally presentation and altogether different from the soft-edged Merlots typically encountered, this is a deep and age-worthy wine. Exotic and intense, the nose combines scents of black currant, mulberry, black raspberry, violet, black fig, black licorice, graphite, charcoal, laurel, dried sage, tobacco, cedar, leather, peppercorn, dark earth and a hint of mint. Those dark mineral notes join tannic undercurrents to firm things on the palate, where tobacco, licorice root, savory spice, dried herb and bitter chocolate flavors overlay an emerging core of purple plum, black currant, mulberry, black cherry and black fig. Built for dark lamb roasts, grilled steaks and the like, it will grow even more expressive over the next few years. 198 cases produced.