St. Francis Reserve Merlot 2013
Wine AdvocateThe opaque purple 2013 Merlot Reserve spent 20 months in French oak. It has slightly more wood and tannin than its sibling, but wonderfully rich, concentrated, dark black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, stunning concentration, and world-class quality. What is so noticeable in this line-up of St. Francis wines is how much better the oak is integrated than it was 10 or 15 years ago. This wine will benefit from 5 years of cellaring and last three decades.
Wine SpectatorFloral aromas of cherry and tomato leaf lead to focused, nicely layered flavors of red currant, toasty spice and tobacco. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis wine presents itself full-bodied and big in style, with an inkling of red plum and cherry fighting for attention against a tide of rounded concentration and darker, smokier tinges of cigar and chocolate.