The 2016 Blueline Estate Merlot follows the defining thread of the vintage-supreme balance. The signature aromatics of mandarin orange peel and Asian 5 spice, are interlaced with a mineral graphite and a band of high tone rose petal. As Tony notes, "The 2016 is a hybrid of the '12 and '13 vintages. The bright aromatics and red fruits of '12, and the darker fruit and structural elements of '13." The texture has a firm spine with a tight structural core, surrounded with a layer of silky fruit. Crème de cassis intermingles with dark sour cherry and an intriguing note of Asian hoisin. Deep and rich, yet alive with energy. A very complex layering of delicious fruit, wired with bright natural acidity and vibrant minerality. The finish is long and expansive. Amazingly approachable now, but it has the tannin and structural stuffing to age gracefully for a decade, or more.
Wine AdvocateA barrel sample, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Merlot Blueline Estate Is redolent of plums, blackberries and black cherries with a spice box and fragrant earth undercurrent. The medium to full-bodied palate has a good amount of muscular, expressive black fruits with a solid backbone and great persistence.