Rombauer Vineyards, 2010 Merlot, Carneros, CA

The Merlot displays a Pomerol-like earthiness that may have come from the hardpan clay that exists in both Carneros and Pomerol. This is not to be confused with dense layers of bedrock which I refer to as bedpan. The nose is vibrant and loaded with aromas of cranberry, ultra-ripe strawberry and plummy pomegranate complemented by sweet spice notes. This is a medium-bodied red that initially reminded me of Cabernet Franc (there’s that Pomerol thing again). Black cherry flavors are followed by subtle earth and leather notes. $35.

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)