The Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard cabernet sauvignon merlot 2010 vintage is not cheap at $48 per bottle, but I think it is very much worth it. According to the winery, the 2010 is a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, and the remaining 7% is “cabernet”. I am guessing that the latter is a reference to cabernet franc. In the glass, the wine is a not quite fully saturated purple in colour, and opens to aromatics of lovely cedar wood, ripe and juicy blackberry and crushed dry stones reminding of a country road in summer. The palate is dry with medium acid and body, and a refined expression of blackberry, blackcurrant, cedar wood and some graphite notes. The tannins grow in the glass, are fine grained and have enough grip to suggest a good future ahead. The finish is medium to long. Overall, this is a very good wine, delicious in fact, due to some very good length on the palate, and the elegant balance of fruit, wood and tannins. Very Good
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