2015-C The Fableist Merlot, Paso Robles, California

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Fableist Merlot

Yet another awesome wine from the ‘Fableist’ label produced by Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones, this 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend is aged for 15 months in 40% new French barrique oak barrels. The guys are proud to 'bring Merlot back from the dead' with this deeply flavored and full-bodied wine. The nose is all about black plum, wild berry, dried herb, cedar and warm, just ground spices. Those aromas gush onto the palate as significantly concentrated flavors, rife with juicy, plummy, tasty fruit. The wine ends on a slightly sweet note of dark chocolate and spice yet the tannins and medium acidity prevent it from being a ripe, sweet wine. As was their intention, Andrew and Curt have indeed brought Merlot back with this easy-drinking, impossible-not-to-like wine and are reminding us all why it was such a big deal in the first place!

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