Blackstone Winery Merlot 2015
82% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Rubired, 1% Cabernet Franc
The 2010 Blackstone Winemaker's Select Merlot, a variety that shone brightly for the vintage, was very late to ripen but has big, rich color and full, ripe flavors and soft round textures with nice, mature length. The wine opens with blackberry, currant, and plums on the nose, with flavors in that same dark-fruit range. The full tannins and rich, supple mouth are very lush and the wine is big and bold, with lots of smoky, toasty oak and a long, lingering finish.