Firestone Merlot 2002 wine review by (PB)
This is a creation from the Santa Ynez Valley with big aromas of black berries with a nice garnet color and some density to boot.
The nose is ample with plenty of dark fruit that has some character with an accompanying mint(?) Or cedar hint.
The palate is stern and tight on opening with tannins that are chewy. The finish is somewhat complex with a fruit and spice ending.
Once breathed, black berry and spice flavors are present but not up to the level of the bouquet. They are a bit thin and tannic. Not bad but for the price of $18, I would look to Chile. Raise a glass either way.