Blackberries, brambles, herbs, and hints of tarragon flow up on the nose. The palate also leads with blackberries, backed by coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and herbs. Tannins are rigid. This is a dark, chunky, slightly disjointed wine. Drink with lamb. Recommended. 86 points. DBH

WHO: Bravdo
WHAT: Merlot
WHEN: 2013
DESIGNATION: Samson
WHERE: Israel
HOW MUCH:$35 (media sample)
POINTS: 86