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Intensely dark with purple and garnet tones. The nose is intense and focused, with primary barrel nuances of smoke, charred oak and graphite. With some aeration, the aromas turn more floral and display some of the spicy characters normally associated with Cabernet Franc.
The palate has a sweetish entry with good acidity, followed by a core of fruit balanced by supple yet prevalent tannins and oak. The length is long and weighty, while the texture is quite soft and seemless.
The wine is youthful in appearance with a distinct garnet color. You are greeted by black tea, charred oak, some spice but after some warmth and aeration, the aromas become black fruited with plum, cassis and some gravel or earthy undertones.
It is on the palate where Merlot really shines, with velvety soft tannins, juicy acidity and a plump texture. The flavors are nicely balanced between the spice and char of the barrel and the pomegranate and cherry flavors of the grape. There is a lovely juiciness to this wine that balances out the tannin structure, but this will require a few years in the bottle to develop further.