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Product Type : Red
Vintage : 2016
Varietal : Merlot
Bottle Size : 750 mL
ABV : 14.8%
Rich tannins coat the mouth with ripe boysenberry, black cherry, mocha, espresso and cardamom characters. Keyes. Because of the intrinsic power in the Merlot itself, you'll also recognize that the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon this year went down while still maintaining that weight and burst of flavor. This is a Merlot for the ages and something that winemaker Chris Carpenter is hopeful you will feel comfortable carrying in your cellar for 15 to 20 years.
A tribute to the great Merlots of the world, the 2016 Merlot W.S. Keyes checks in as 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and unfortunately, there’s only a tiny amount made. This inky colored beauty offers a huge nose of black cherries, currants, graphite, licorice, crushed rocks and new leather. It's rich, powerful, concentrated and layered, with terrific acidity and freshness, building tannin, and incredible length. It’s a tour de force in Merlot that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more.
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