Nose/Aroma - Lovely dried fruit, molasses, and sawdust.
Palate/Flavors - Overripe currants and blackberries with a touch of chocolate and char that flows into a long finish of blackberries and chocolate. Very little bitterness or astringency. Smooth, velvety, mouth filling texture. Well integrated and balanced.
Style - An outstanding introductory Sonoma County Merlot. Seems to be aimed at a slightly bigger style than it was able to achieve, though I don't think this was a negative by any means.
Food Pairing - This is a perfect wine to have a meal with. Great with most red meats, try venison with baked potatoes. A nice sheep's cheese would be nice as well, or even a rich dessert like chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream.
Comments - Great wine, very well made. I was a bit worried I'd left this one in the cellar too long, but it showed great. I think this wine was probably a bit different at a younger age, but this is the type of Merlot I enjoy drinking; not too big or over extracted, complementing the fruit characteristics instead of overpowering them.