This unique 2008 Merlot reflects not only the terrior of Paso Robles but also the card of the gentle hands. Sleek as a panther, supple as chocolate mousse and sturdy as the keel of a Viking vessel, this is a stunner. Aromas of fudge and berries syncopate with iris and espresso. The wine drapes over the palate with a juicy seduction, a rondo of cinnamon, licorice, and Himalayan blackberries. Textural, well-balanced, the textbook smoothness will carry well into a special evening as well as through 8-10 years of careful cellaring.