Clos Du Val Napa Valley 2012 Merlot, $24.99-$31.99, 91 points, poured deep ruby reds grading a crushed blackberry purple/red toward the clear wine ring at the leggy glass bowl.
Redolent aromas of cedar, anise, truffle, loam, and blackberry were excellent.
Near full-bodied with good acidity, a mellow underlayment of sweet tannins, and mucho black fruit flavors with cedar, anise, and red cherry cordial were also excellent.
Finished long on that red cherry cordial, easy spice notes, hints of violets and a perfect 14.1% alcohol.
Varietals were 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc.
Paired perfectly with my rare spiced-rub Porterhouse steak.
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