2007 Merlot

            If you are a red wine drinker who has recently had too many made-to-be-drunk-today wines, (you know the kind I mean, so soft they're barely there), then this one may be for you.  Its at the other end of the scale (as of September 2010).   What I am trying to say is, this wine is perhaps still a little young.  This is often the case with Four Gates Merlots upon release.   It has all the qualifications of a robust, food friendly wine: (lovers of Petite Syrah and Zinfandel take note) full fruit flavors including blackberry, plum, raspberry, strong tannins accompanied by oak and coffee flavors, and an enlivening acidity.  
            The vigor of its youth will soften over time or with exposure to air.  Currently this wine will pair nicely with meats and spicy tomato sauces.