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.

Producer: T’Jara Vineyards
Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA
Blend: 75% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc
ABV: 13.2%
Price: $25*
Score: 90 points

* Review sample provided by the winery

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