Alias Merlot 2013
Nose: Earthy, floral, dried cherries, caramel, and molasses. It reminds me of one of those forager restaurants, where you might have a dessert made from fermented cherry seeds and pollen from iris flowers. Mouth: I think this is the most complex and nuanced wine in the Alias portfolio. There is a lot going on, and it changes in the glass. It has big dark cherry, raspberry, and rhubarb fruit. Then there is an oak component that comes from 2 year old French barrels that I describe as fresh forest - a bit of earth, pine, moss, and wildflower. Rather than the darker sweetness that was in the nose, the wine has a different sweetness on the palate. It's more floral and wild. Kind of like orange blossom honey.