2015 Cakebread Cellars Merlot

Year: 2015
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
James Suckling: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Slightly dusty, dark cherry fruit is the centerpiece of this one's ample, oak-enriched aromas and is joined by suggestions of leather and loam with a brief bit of air. For the most part, the wine follows suit on the palate but gradually drifts away from fruit with a late-arriving edge of woodsy dryness truncating its finish, and it argues for a few years in the bottle before making good on its aromatic promise. Reviewed: October 2018" (CG)

"A big and meaty red with a plum, chocolate and dried fruit character. Full-bodied, dense and chewy. Drink now or hold. " (JS)

Winery Notes:
Deep, lovely aromas of ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit are complemented by light floral notes in the nose of this plush, supple merlot. Rich, concentrated flavors of ripe blackberry, black plum and blackcurrant fill the lush palate, framed by fine-grained tannins, leading to a long finish showcasing bright black cherry, berry and mineral tones. Delicious now, this classic Napa Valley merlot will gain further complexity with another 5-7 years’ bottle age.