2016 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot
Stillwater Creek Vineyard,
192 cases produced
92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet sauvignon
What a lovely bouquet! Herbaceous aromas of dried rosemary and bay leaf first combined with blueberries and blackberries, then earthy notes of espresso, hazelnuts, and baking spices were revealed.
Gentle, prickly tannins opened up into flavors of red and black plums, blackberries, black cherries, and raspberries. With some air, baking spices emerged, along with a pleasant, spicy finish.
Food pairing suggestions:
Pork chops with rosemary-cherry sauce, tofu or coq au vin, seared crispy skin duck breast with duck fat fried potatoes.
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