Original tasting and review : This is Liberty School Merlot, Central Coast, California, 2013, finished at 113.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in November, 2015.
Inspired by this wine: The aunts and uncles are around the table - pizza's on its way!
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch in.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows some cocoa layered above a deep fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be solid, layered and aromatic.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a bit simpler than the aromas suggested, bringing bright red currant fruit on top of a just-ripe blackberry base. Plenty of acids hold the sip to your cheeks.
In summary: Overall, rates two plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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