2010 Meritage, Napa Valley
Revisiting this wine with ten years of cellar time affirms why it received a double gold from the SF Wine Chronicle. It is fabulous! Captivating aromatics of black cherry, ripe plum, dark chocolate, fresh bay leaf, and vanilla bean waft from the glass. The cellar time really shows itself through the wines texture. The soft and round palate is a harmonious blend of powerful fruit and savory flavors. Ripe black cherry, pipe tobacco, clove, and vanilla flavors are perfectly melded together. The well integrated tannins show themselves on the persistent finish, which carries on and on. This is complex, decidedly delicious, and exactly what you'd expect from a great Napa blend. Drink up!