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WHITEHALL LANE MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 2014 - 1.5L MAGNUM
NVWE Notes: Polished and supple, this lovely wine pairs forthcoming fruit with intriguing hints of Oriental spices. The aromas are a harmonious mix of sweet dark plum, black raspberry, blueberry, black currant, violet, black fig, sandalwood, vanilla, baking-spice and mocha-coffee scents. It provides some unexpected zest on the palate, in support of black cherry, dried blueberry, dark plum, Asian plum sauce, sandalwood, coriander seed, mace, and bay leaf flavors. Chinese five-spice, star anise and a peppercorn undercurrent chime-in at the end. Already well-evolved and food-friendly, it will grow steadily more attractive over the next two years and beyond.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
Whitehall Lane’s 2014 Merlot is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and spent 19 months in a combination of 30% new French and American cooperage. The wine displays tobacco leaf, black cherry and a touch of chocolate in a medium-bodied, fleshy, lush and delicious style meant for consumption over the next 7-8 years.