The One Iron Meritage 2015 blend is 64% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot. The Merlot: 70 year old, dry farmed “Frediani Vineyard” in northern Napa Valley. Fantastic fruit, on the dark side of the spectrum: blueberries, black cherries and blackberries. Merlot’s kitchen herbs (rosemary, bay leaf, tarragon) and dark cocoa smells and flavors waft through. Rocky earth sensation on the 25 second finish. The tannins are fine, making for a silky, medium/full bodied wine. I totally dig the character and soul of this wine.
The Iron Series of wines are owned and made by long-time Napa winemaker Chris Dearden. The Iron Series started as a custom-made wine for a golf & country club. Chris has a knack for making wines that are varietally correct and full-flavored without going too far on ripeness and alcohol. Read all of my reviews of Chris’s wines HERE.