The nose has rich dark fruits and with a light floral background of violet. The palate has dark plums, elderberry, pencil lead, and violets. Tobacco leaf shows up on the mid-palate. Tannins are very fine. The overall impression is of smooth layers of dark depth. The finish is sweet and lingering, everything is in excellent balance. Drink with bacon-wrapped filet. Highly recommended. DH

Courtesy, Joseph Phelps Winery

WHO: Joseph Phelps Vineyards
WHAT: Merlot
WHERE: California, Napa Valley
WHEN: 1999
HOW MUCH: $49.99