Troublemaker being their other brands) is an intriguing blend of three different vintages of Merlot from vineyards sourced throughout the Central Coast. Deep garnet color. Beautiful aromatics of milk chocolate, cherry, vanilla and licorice. Quite full-bodied with chewy tannins and dry mocha and cherry flavors. Finishes long with dry, pleasant bay leaf, cocoa and cassia notes. Easily the most memorable Merlot I've had in a long time. 14.5% alcohol is barely noticeable. About $19.
Dinner was a charcoal-grilled tri-tip I rubbed down with the dry rub I usually reserve for ribs and pork shoulder. The caramelized brown sugar played really well with the wine's sweet fruit flavors.