That would be the 2007 Billy K Estate Merlot â€“ from Alfaro Family Vineyards.
A tasty tipple indeed (I can’t believe I am recommending a merlot!), this is an enlightened wine with enough macho moves to please cab drinkers, and enough finesse to play hide â€˜nâ€™ seek with your favorite pinot.
The initial nose yielded apple, leather and plum, turning to sassafras and bacon â€“ substantial and crying out for bbq chicken or pulled pork. We found it interesting in its own right, with a complex central core, and perfect for partnering most entrees this side of scallops.
Named for Richard Alfaroâ€™s late father-in-law Billy Kempker, the wine is all estate, a beautiful ruby color and balanced to drink now, or age for a few years. At 14.5% alcohol this makes for a well-spent $30.