Thornberry Merlot 2007

82 (+?) points

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 14%

Dark, dense merlot plum nose.  Palate is very ripe, but short, with hard acid (surely added acid) finish.  This has had some rave reviews, and the price is very low, but I was disappointed – no charm, too extracted.  I have 11 more bottles so we shall see as it gains a little age, perhaps I am wrong.