This newly released merlot needs lots — and I mean lots — of time to open up. Young and incredibly tannic for merlot on first blush, after some breathing room (hours if you can spare it), the 2006 Hall becomes quite the lush experience.
Fragrant with violet-inflected raspberry and black cherry, the body offers milk chocolate notes and cedar wood character. A moderate finish is pleasing once the tannins are cut with some aeration. If you have a Vinturi aerator or other instant-decanting technology, this would be the perfect application.
B+ / $28 / hallwines.com