Ballentine 2003 Merlot Pocia Vineyard

The Ballentine 2003 Merlot is brilliant reddish garnet in color, with initial aromas of black cherry, currants, black tea, raspberries, herbs, and spices. Red apples come into focus next, with a background of pepper, vanilla, and earthy toasted notes, which are characteristic of Napa Valley Merlots. On the palate, this wine exudes flavors of red and black cherries, blueberries, pepper, vanilla and spices, while the mouth feel is fluid and full throughout with a silky sweet fruit nature. Well-structured tannins extend through the finish with a balanced acidity and warming notes that lead into flavors of fresh berries and vanilla caramel toastiness. [+]