THE MERCHANT'S MARK
95+ / 100
True to form, the 2017 Leviathan is a hedonistic red with plush fruit and depth. Rich black currant, dark cherry, crème brulee, cigar box, dried herbs and dark cocao. A full-bodied orchestration of flavors collide on a long finish. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Syrah, and a little Cabernet Franc. This is one of our perennial meritage favorites. Copious red plum, spice, vanillin and oak, this is a flamboyant red and one of the best values from California.
94 / 100
"Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah brought up in 25% new French oak, the 2017 California Red Wine sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a rich, powerful, opulent style that certainly puts a smile on your face. Notes of currants, chocolate, spice box, and earthy, herbal notes all emerge from this sexy, seamless effort that has full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and outstanding finish. It's a smoking value to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.
94 / 100
"A rich, very fruity red with mocha, chocolate, plums and terracotta. Full body, round, juicy tannins and a solid, flavorful finish. A blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink or hold."