This has such a pretty nose of baked plums and blueberry pie with notes of clove, black pepper and underbrush. The full-bodied palate is packed tight with black fruit, its layers framed by rip, round tannins. Just the right balance of freshness pulls through on the long, peppery finish. Simply an excellent Howell Mountain Merlot.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Merlot Howell Mountain reveals pretty baked plums, blueberry pie and blackberry compote notes with touches of cloves, star anise, cracked black pepper and black soil plus a waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with crunchy black fruit layers, framed by very ripe, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and peppery.