The 2017 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot is medium-dark in color with a mature red hue. Varietal aromas of black plum and violet meld with a barrel signature of hazelnut and brown baking spices, while the generous fraction of Malbec in the blend accentuates bright fruit tones and contributes a note of hibiscus flower. Firm tannins and lively acidity cascade to a lengthy red-fruit finish. Delicious with summer grilled sausages or herb-roasted chicken.
This is a solid choice for midweek enjoyment. Generous aromas of ripe fresh red fruits meet with crushed slate, gravel and a kiss of sweet oak on the nose. It's lively on the palate, where juicy red cherry and oak framed by a spicy acidity.
Juicy, redolent of chocolate-covered cherry flavors. The spicy finish is filled with cedary overtones. Drink now.