Vibrant crimson in color with a magenta hue, the 2016 Y Series Merlot bursts from the glass with strong notes of fresh, just picked black fruits; the nose is brooding with hints of fruit pastilles. Dark chocolate and a touch of dried fruit add to the welcoming aromatics; this is an expressive and vivacious Merlot. The palate is generous, round and succulent. The mid palate shows lovely synergy between the fruit and tannins. The wine has hints of exotic spices and finishes fresh and lively. Perfect with a traditional Cassoulet; or a Kabuli chickpea, spinach and red onion pasta.