Wente 2003 Merlot Crane Ridge Livermore Valley (California)

Sweet, full-bodied and forward. Intense, jamlike black cherry, a hint of freshly grated coconut, and earthy tobacco with mild yet obvious tannins. I could still taste the wine a minute after it was gone — a delicious vanilla finish. 4 stars out of 5. Sweetness=3 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $18


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