X Winery 2006 Special Release Spring Mountain Merlot @xwinery

We have spent a fair amount of time on Spring Mountain when visiting the Napa Valley and find the wines from that AVA to generally fall right into our taste profile.  When I saw the X Winery Spring Mountain Merlot as a chairman’s selection in the PA state store for ~$13, I couldn’t resist as I’ve paid more than twice that for other Spring Mountain wines.  We broke out the decanter for this as it was a bit tight when we opened it up, but man did it really come to life after some time decanting.  This has the classic dark berry scent and taste without being a complete fruit bomb.  The wine isn’t overpowering, but has a nice backbone that can stand up to a variety of foods.  If you live in PA and can still find this wine, grab it.

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