Clos Pegase Mitsuka's Vineyard Carneros-Napa Valley 2008 Merlot, $15.99-$27.99, 91 points, poured a deep opaque ruby with a band of sunburst orange before the clear rim.
Aromatic cedar and violets dominated, but warm earth developed after some air.
Medium-plus body carried bright acidity, moderate tannin, and flavors of tart-tangy pomegranate, wild blackberries, oaky bourbon (reminiscent of some Brunello wines I've tasted), and hints of mint.
Finished very long on the trailing palate with considerable heat (14.3% alcohol) and spice notes.
This atypically lively Merlot was an excellent value (QPR) which I bought as a NHLS 'power buy'.
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