This inky colored Merlot wine has a touch (9%) of Cabernet Sauvignon blended in with lesser parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This starts off with aromatics reminiscent of red cherry preserves, mocha, anise and creosote. The palate shows a silky texture with a generous mouthfeel. Red bell pepper, red cherry preserves, mocha and crushed mint flavors all entice. This is a simply outstanding effort by Mark Ryan.