Chalk Hill Sonoma County 2006 Merlot, $29.99-$49.99, 90 points, begins more Bordeaux red than the previous collection of California Merlot wines, though near black at the core, trends more red than a typical Bordeaux , and culminating clear at the rim.
Aromatically more earthy than those recently reviewed, the age of the wine is manifest in a more vegetable-like black currant than blackberry fruit.
The medium-plus body has good acidity and moderate tannin.
Flavors of black currant and mulberry are still juicy, and a cedar-like smoky meatiness with dried herbs adds to the complexity.
Chalk Hill climaxes its Merlot with a long finish of spice and considerable heat (15% alcohol).
I'm thinking that this wine is on the decline!
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