RombaueR Carneros 2006 Merlot, $25.49-$32.99, 90 points, begins dark red with some bricking toward a clear rim.
A bouquet of rich earth, clove, coffee, violets, and black currant expressed exuberance.
This medium-bodied Merlot had good acidity and mild tannin.
Flavors were reminiscent of a Dry Creek Zinfandel, with briary blackberries, hints of clove and violets without any edginess; thus it was texturally silky and quite smooth.
Finished moderately long on spice, heat (14.4% alcohol), and a touch of menthol.
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