The 2019 Merlot from Mt. Brave instantly begins to impress with deep, complex aromatics of blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, exotics spices, violets, graphite, mocha, cigar box, and damp earth that all develop beautifully in the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied and remarkably concentrated, with dense, plush layers of ripe black and blue fruits which expand seamlessly through the wine. It remains nicely balanced and shows excellent freshness, and purity through the long, supple finish. This is a fantastic Merlot, which is already drinking well today, yet should continue to evolve beautifully for many years to come.