*2006 Barnett Spring Mountain Merlot
Barnett Vineyards Merlot, Spring Mountain District, USA 2006
The wine has a deep purple core and medium purple rim. Ripe pomegranate and dark cherry are immediate on the nose, followed by granite, earl gray tea spice and crushed violets. The palate is full in body, typical to form for quality merlot. Graphite minerality and earth are prevalent on the mid palate but not as intense as the black cherry, licorice and pepper. The finish is very persistent, with lingering coffee and black cherry. The wine is beautiful now with big food.
Rich and muscular, with red currant and spicy oak aromas and complex, layered plum, cedar and sage flavors that pick up momentum toward ripe, firm tannins. 445 cases made. (WS)
This wine is showing concentrated cassis, black plum and peppercorn on the nose. There is also prevalent minerality, mostly gravel with some dusty earth. Texturally the wine is so soft and silky. More red fruit and spice (clove and white pepper) are present on the palate. Firm chalky tannins begin to build early on, which is backed by nicely prevalent acidity.