Deborah scored this wine: 94/100
Wow! If this Merlot were a perfume (and it should be), it would be called Eau de Merlot. A very warm and sensuous deepest, darkest ruby in the glass, right from the first waft, you know this is going to be a ‘gooder’. Perfumed on the nose with candied spiced plum, ripe black currant, sandalwood, mint, cracked black pepper, nutmeg and cedar spice aromas. There’s a lot going on here. On the palate, dry (0.7 g/l residual sugar), mouth-filling and smooth with juicy, concentrated ripe plum, sweet dried tobacco leaf, cake spice, rich dark chocolate and a long smoky vanilla finish. This is just a beautiful Small Lots Merlot, an incredible inaugural effort by C.C. Jentsch Cellars from a strong vintage - worth every penny at $36 (winery price). Matured 17 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. Vegan friendly. The winery suggests pairing it with roast duck or BBQ spareribs. We paired it with slow-braised venison shanks and potato dumplings.