From the cellar: Found this with some other treasures, bought in 2014, awaiting the day. It was everything a somewhat aged OK Merlot could and should be, and then some, but overshadowed by how much we liked the Hypothesis last week. We reviewed a more recent vintage a few months back (which, bizarrely, was apparently cheaper than this), and found it wanting. But the 2011 is (now) a treasure trove of inky fruit with juicy acids and a really addictive tartness. Quite superb on its own but, hard to believe, wavered with a pumpkin sage risotto.
Price: $28 from the vineyard in 2014 before the tax fiascos.
Market Liquidity: For those with discipline, La Frenz can bring it home.