Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley 2011 Merlot, $36.54-$42.99, 93 points, poured purple/red trending ruby with a broad clear wine ring at the glass edge.
Great smells quickly evolved from warm brownie and white chocolate toward cedar, earth, and black currant.
Near full-bodied with fair acidity, building tannins, and an unusually meaty flavor profile with cola, fresh mushrooms, and red cherry notes impressed.
Finished long on cayenne pepper, mint, savory, and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
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