2014 Blacklisted Merlot - Barrage Cellars

2014 Blacklisted Merlot - Barrage Cellars

$41.60

Barrage Cellars

Another outstanding wine from this estate, the inky colored 2011 AKA Merlot offers stunning purity and elegance to go with lots of plum, menthol, pen ink and hints of licorice and oak. Made from 100% Merlot and aged 28 months in 30% new French oak, it has medium+-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture and nicely integrated acidity. The oak stands out slightly but this shines for its fruit. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. I was impressed by these 2011s from Barrage Cellars, and they commented that the wines benefited from additional time in barrel. In general, I found the opposite to be true, but these handled the extended élevage beautifully.