Roth Alexander Valley 2009 Merlot, $26.09-$28.99, 91 points, radiates black currant and blackberry red from a near black core to its clear surface rim.
Profuse spiced plum and black fruit begin the nose and follow through toward earth notes.
Black currant is the primary fruit flavor I noticed, but nuanced chocolate and tobacco notes are pleasantly slight.
The medium-plus body is strikingly acidic for a Merlot, and moderate tannin pushes this usually mellow wine into the masculine sphere; followed by accelerating heat (14.6% alcohol) and spice transitioning into a long finish with just a touch of eucalyptus.
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