2007 Coho "Michael Black Vineyard" Coombsville Merlot (Previously $47)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard possesses copious amounts of black cherry and berry fruit intermixed with notions of spice, earth and coffee beans, loads of fruit and a fleshy, succulent mouthfeel. There is some nice structure in the background. Drink this serious Merlot over the next decade.
This comes from viticulturist Michael Black's home vineyard, which is planted to a clone of Merlot he propagated himself to create small clusters with small berries. Coho has been buying all of the fruit from this property since 2004, and so it's the only producer of this supremely concentrated Merlot. Aged in half new French oak, the wine has deep currant and mocha aromas that give way to a rich, densely fruited palate with tangy black cherry and currant flavors. The tannins are velvety on the tongue, making this a big wine you can drink tonight with the right food, or something to cellar for the years ahead.