Firm tannins and its dark plum and blackberry fruits all point to a structured wine that has aging potential. It is ripe, with black cherry and spice notes that are balanced with acidity. Keep for one year.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
One of the best of the entry-level wines in the range, the 2011 Merlot jumps from the glass with black fruit, mocha, grilled herbs and spices. This soft, voluptuous wine shows terrific balance and plenty of harmony, especially within its price range. Layers of fruit build to the creamy generous finish.
88 Points Wine Advocate
Deep ruby. Assertive cherry and raspberry aromas, with an earthy mineral nuance coming up with air. Velvety in texture and appealingly sweet, offering lively red fruit and floral flavors with a touch of bitter chocolate. Closes with impressive clarity and energy, leaving juicy raspberry and floral pastille notes behind. The bang for the buck here is ridiculous.
90 Points Stephen Tanzer