The 2015 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Merlot is a fantastic showing from talented winemaker Chris Carpenter. This instanty begins to impress as it releases fantastic aromatics of tar, mocha and wild blackberries compote on the nose. The palate is plush, showing a marvelous texture and mouthfeel. Flavors of coffee grounds, anise, crème de cassis, red bell pepper and blackberry cobbler layer the palate. This is a simply remarkable Merlot that is already quite approachable, yet should continue to drink beautifully over the course of the next decade.