Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Meritage Arrowhead Red 2012

On the nose, ripe red cherry aromas are layered with notes of dusty chocolate, tobacco, bay leaf and hints of crumbled sage. A bit fruitier — red cherries and blackberries — on the medium-bodied palate, sweet oak nudge the herbaceousness back a bit, resulting in a complex interplay between fruit and oak. Very much an Old World-styled wine that doesn’t emphasize jammy fruit flavors. [+]