The 2007 Joseph Carr Merlot, Napa Valley really over-delivers in the mid-teen price range. Pretty notes of plum, cherry and cedar on the nose and palate with additional flavors of black olive and a hint of bay leaf. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak, but the oak never steals the spotlight. Medium-bodied with a wonderful texture lacking that hollow mid-palate that plagues so many Merlots. Maybe the result of the addition of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc?