Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot

Fun, fruity, opulent, and gently priced, this will make a mid-week meal feel like a weekend on the town. Rich, meaty and fruity aromas waft up from the glass, the crisp end of a prime rib, a touch of smoke, and cherry sauce. Boysenberry leads on the palate, settling into red fruits in the middle, and raspberry on the finish. Hints of vanilla and wood smoke add sweetness and depth. Drink with lamb shanks. Recommended. 88 points. DBH

WHO: Edna Valley Vineyard
WHAT: Merlot
WHEN: 2015
WHERE: Central Coast, California
HOW MUCH: $15 (sample)