Producer Tom Williams & Merlot
2013 Keenan Spring Mountain District "Mailbox Vineyard" Merlot ($65)
Smooth and accented by dried herb, this wine is tart in currant and lush in chocolate, offering a wide spectrum of aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, it picks up power and concentration on the finish, allowing for a ripeness to strike last.
Tom M.: 90
Tom W.: 91
Full with density and bursting with flavor. Dark fruit, cherry, blackberry. Brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco and earth. Pairs well with Roasted Pork and Grilled Steaks.
Tom M.: 85
Tom W.: 86
2014 Charles Smith "Velvet Devil" Merlot ($11)
2013 Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot ($25)
Aromatically complex, this vintage brings forth crushed red fruits, rip plums, blackberries and a touch of cigar box. On the palate, the characteristically smooth tannins blend with flavors such as plum, cassis, vanilla followed up by a cocoa dust finish. Initially approachable, this wine carries power on the finish with a 10-15 second palate longevity. This wine cries out for Moroccan lamb tagine or a simple heritage pork chop with gravy and mashed potatoes. Cellar through 2025.
Tom M.: 87
Tom W.: 89