To me Reif is a hit and miss winery … when they hit they are so close to the bull’s eye it’s scary and it makes me wonder how on earth their stuff misses. Case in point: their line of 2002 First Growth wines are exemplary (Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvigon) – then there is their 2006 Cabernet Franc – misfire, smells like citrus??? This Merlot is another hit … tons of blackberries, cinnamon and pencil shavings on the nose; in the mouth it’s striking: juicy blackberries, smooth oaky-vanilla tannins, great flavours that have you craving more. It’s ready to drink right now, but another 3 years in your cellar wouldn’t hurt it either. This one really hits the mark, especially with the Merlot crowd. It’s wine like this that makes me wonder if those misses I referred to had something to do with me?!?