The color is garnet red with a salmon halo. The nose is jammy plum, vanilla, spearmint spice and ripe cherry. This is a soft, fruit forward Merlot, it starts with rich blackberry, sweet blueberry, fudge brownie. The mid palate brings a little POM Wonderful, cold coffee and a light touch of pepper. The tannins and the acidity are subdued. The finish starts strong, fades quickly, but does linger on.