2008 Grgich Hills Napa Valley Merlot
Sweet, cherry-like fruit is joined in the nose by distinct scents of coconut and milk chocolate, and the three themes are replayed in the wine's sleek, slightly narrow flavors. Still on the firm side even as it approaches its fifth birthday, it is not now nor ever will be a flamboyant wine, but we like its fruity persistence and its very keen focus, and we are more than willing to wait another three or four years for added maturity.
Give this wine credit for dryness, crisp acidity and intensity. It’s rich and strong in sour black cherry candy, cola, bitter dark chocolate and herb flavors. It's also very tannic, so much so that it's practically undrinkable now. Give it 4–5 years in the bottle, decant, and drink with beef or lamb.
Shows black cherry and toasty espresso aromas, followed by appealing flavors of currant, herb and cedar. Drink now through 2017.
The winery's note: "This is a cool climate Merlot with bright fruit flavors and mouth pleasing acidity from our vineyards in southern Napa Valley grown within sight of the San Francisco Bay."