The 2013 Suscol Ranch Merlot showcases the dark color, rich flavor and coating texture characteristic of this vintage, mingled with compelling ripeness. The wine opens with dark plum, green olive and cedar aromas. Earthy notes of tobacco leaf, olive and spice blend beautifully with toasted French oak. Rich, coating tannins elevate the fruit flavors, adding a depth and complexity that few Merlots achieve. From year to year, this wine’s distinctiveness lies in the lush, velvety tannins that expand upon first sip and develop with richness through the finish.