Simi, Merlot, Sonoma County 2002 ($16) – Deep ruby color with blackberry, cassis and menthol aromas; plum and black cherry fruit flavors combine with some pepper and moderate tannins. Very well put together. Score: 8/10
Update 12/25/05: This wine has improved with some aeration, making it more like an 8.5/10 on day 2. The wine might also benefit from another year of two of cellaring to show itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s best. Tasty!