Working Dog Winery 2015 Merlot

88 points

Spiced plums and blackberries are joined by notes of milk chocolate, mint and eucalyptus on a pretty, layered nose. Youthful on the medium-bodied palate, there's more dark fruit here with the same mint and chocolate character. Solid mid-palate concentration that doesn't turn jammy or heavy. Structure provided by acidity as well as moderately well-integrated, still-softening tannins. Showed best on days two and three open.

Producer: Working Dog Winery
AVA: New Jersey
ABV: 12.8%
Grapes: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Program: 18 months in mixed age French and Hungarian Oak (25% new)
Price: $24

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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