Chicken, Pork, Duck, rich sauces, mushrooms and earthy cheeses.
Dense notes of plum, currants and incense mixed with vanilla bean and graphite. Swirling brings raspberry ganache, plum jam and sandalwood. The palate is polished with juicy vibrancy and impeccable tannins. A perfectly framed and balanced Merlot blend.
76% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc
Hedges Family Estate, Red Mountain Vineyard
Fermented in concrete and stainless steel. Aged in 85% new and 15% used French oak for 18 months.
"Like with the Cabernet, the 2013 Merlot was reviewed last year under the Tenor 2:2 label. Incorporating 24% Cabernet Franc, it has a pretty complex bouquet of plum pit, blood orange, leafy herbs and mint to go with a charming, ripe, supple style on the palate. I love its silky, elegant texture, and while good now, it should benefit from a few years in bottle."
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby-red. Blackberry and licorice aromas are lifted by a violet top note. Nicely penetrating and delineated, with the dark berry and floral flavors given a juicy quality by firm acidity. Dry, classic Merlot with grip and length, no doubt better for its sizable dollop of Cabernet Franc."
90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous