Merlot

Shafer, Napa Valley, California, 2010

Supple, elegant and beautifully focused, with aromas of red currant and toasty vanilla that lead to ripe but sleek and layered flavors of black cherry, cinnamon and black tea. Tannins sneak in on the finish.  $72

Pedestal, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005

Substantial and rich.  Distinct blackberry and cream flavors with mocha notes through the long, generous finish.  $84

Sycamore Lane, California, 2010

Medium body with black Cherry and plum notes, Oak aged. $6.5/glass   $26/bottle

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2011

Fresh and appealing, with deft balance to the berry and loamy earth flavors, finishing smoothly. $34