* Review sample provided by the winery
T'Jara Vineyards 2017 Merlot
Classic Long Island merlot fruit aromas of plum and black cherry are joined by here by hints of leaf tobacco, dried mint and thyme, and just a little blueberry skin.
Medium-bodied, the palate shows ripe black and blue fruit, with nice mid-palate weight. The tannins bring a nice bit of structure without being angular or coarse. Given that it retails for $25, there is a surprising bit of complexity here in the form of earthy black tea and dried herbs.