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.