Mark Squires Merlot 2013 Review #226 Aug 2016 Mark Squires Rating: 88+ Drink: 2016 - 2025

The 2013 Merlot (Bravdo) was aged for 12 months in a 75/25 mixture of French and American oak (75% used, the rest new). It comes in at 15% alcohol. This is a solidly built Merlot that feels concentrated and sturdy, but not sweet and fruity. If anything, it seemed a bit dense and stolid on opening and it stayed there. It adds some moderate tannic pop on the finish. This should, hopefully, acquire some expressiveness and character as time goes on, but at the moment it is easier to admire than drink. Give it a year or so more in the cellar, at which point it may open up a bit and acquire some character.

In days gone by, I was not terribly impressed by this winery, but of late they certainly seem to have rounded into form. There are some very nice offerings here and some bargains, too.