“Though bold, it’s very elegant, well balanced and finishes clean.” – WineWorthWritingAbout | 2017 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc

Source: WineWorthWritingAbout
Review Date: Nov 2023

Dark, impenetrable ruby and purple with a complex and savoury edged nose of violets, cassis, grilled cherry and plum, dried oregano, hints of mint tea, fig leaf, roasted meat, cedar, tobacco, graphite and a lift of sumac. Lots going on!
In the mouth it’s compact and drives with intensity and power. Black cherry, red licorice, blackberry, mulberry, anise and hints of olive leaf are carried by beautifully judged acidity and textured with elegant feathery tannins. Though bold, it’s very elegant, well balanced and finishes clean. A serious wine with plenty of layers to take notice of and admire.

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