2011 Franciscan Estate Merlot Napa Valley
Appearance: Deep scarlet
Aromas: Pretty, layered cassis with tobacco and baking spices. Sweeter notes of caramel and vanilla combine with sweet herbs like sage and marjoram. Deep black cherry and plum are followed by deeper layers of anise and leather.
Flavors: Supple entry with rich dark berry and black currant notes, highlighted with mocha, clove, and hints of rosemary. Very textural and elegant, fills the palate and leads to a long finish of blackberry, hazelnut, and cocoa nibs. Excellent balance.