Comprised mostly of fruit from Keyes Vineyard (Howell Mountain) and Stagecoach Vineyard (Pritchard Hill), Freemark Abbey's 2017 Merlot has a ruby red color, and expresses red and blue fruits, composed of dried cherries, ripe strawberry, blue berry cobbler, fruit cake, red raspberry jam, and plum. A very pleasant complexity includes baking spice, leather, milk chocolate and arugula. The spicy oak is very well integrated. Entry and finish are very smooth, with fruit resembling cherry and plum nuances. This Merlot has a good overall balance of fruit, body, and tannin, with a long fruitful finish.