i had the pleasure to meet mcnab ridge wine maker rich parducci at the cincinnati wine festival. passionate about his craft. his wines won a few medals at the festival. i will be tasting several of his offerings over the course of the next few months. first is his mendocino merlot, which he wasn't pouring at the festival. the nose was ripe blueberries, spicy licorice and pepper. the taste was black raspberry and licorice. i also got a little bit of a black olive note. the wine had medium tannins and a medium finish. the price was about $16. not a bad merlot for that price point.