The 2016 'Cask Reserve' Merlot is a barrel selection from winemaker Marisa Taylor. This begins with a dusting of cocoa powder followed by anise and black tea aromas that all collide together in the glass. The soft texture imparted is really outstanding, as is the bright beam of acidity that runs through the wine. Chocolate covered dark cherries, crème de cassis and savory tomato leaf flavors mingle with the dusty terroir and minerals. Beautiful now, this Merlot should cellar nicely for a decade or more. Be sure to give this an hour decant if enjoying in its youth.