Etude Carneros AVA 2007 Red Wine, approximately $40, 91 points, begins in the glass as if an unfiltered black currant and crushed blackberry color with a thin clear rim.
A profuse aroma of cinnamon, clove, and cedar, with a sweet black cherry alcohol (14.9%) is as gaudy as is the overall flavor carried on a full body of good acidity and unusually persistent, yet approachable tannin for a Merlot/Malbec blend. There's lots of black fruit and floral flavors here too.
Finishes long and strong with spice.
This is a BIG red wine without much subtlety, and will appeal to those who like Robert Parker's palate (Just my guess).
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