Cairdean Vineyards St. Helena, Napa Valley 2012 Merlot, $12.74-$29.99, 90 points, poured core black grading a burgundy purple/red color with a narrow transparent wine ring and thick legs.
Aromatic dusty red raspberry, white chocolate, and a hint of cedar were excellent, but was only the tip of a rather complex array.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and still firm grainy tannins carried flavors that mirrored the aromas along with tangy pomegranate and plum.
Finished long on the trailing palate, cherry fruits, and a warm 14.2% alcohol inspirited spiciness.
Paired perfectly with our Texas burgers.
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