Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Merlot, $15.99-$18.99, 89 points, poured a deep ruby red grading purple/red at the clear wine ring and glass bowl of sticky sheeting.
Aromatic ripe black fruit, hints of chocolate, and shy floral vibes were excellent.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and firm drying tannins managed plum, ripe mulberry, licorice, and herbal sage flavors.
Finished long on plum, building tannins which were good for me, but others might want to cellar for another two or three years at least, and warm spices inspirited by a bold 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
This is not a sissified Merlot, and will be too much for those looking for a soft homogenized version of the grape.
Paired great with my baked fig dessert.
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