So it took me a while, but I finally got around to the Dark Horse Merlot. I should pat myself on the back, but I procrastinated real bad on drinking this one... So, yea, this Merlot is something odd in its own way, and I only say this because I am quite surprised by how much his going on in my glass... When I think of Merlot's, I think of lighter bodied somewhat fruit-forward wines like the Zellerbach Merlot, which I did a small blurb about here. The Dark Horse on the other hand is something completely different, the aroma up front on this one is just dark and oaky with a hint of spice, again, weird for a Merlot in my book. The flavor is something else too, it's full of it, the most noticeable is a continued spiciness blended in with some plum notes and a bit of molasses to finish it out is far from what I expected. As for the finish, it's just so light with just hints of oak and spice you wouldn't believe you were drinking the same wine. All in all, I'm pleased with this fourth offering from Dark Horse, and I am hoping to see more from them in the future.
End Note: As far as I could find, Dark Horse Wines has no affiliation with Dark Horse Brewing Company.