Forget Miles, I love Merlot, either as a single varietal or a blend like we have here (roughly 78% Merlot, 18% Syrah and just a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec). It's the nice, comfortable Bordeaux friend who often makes his siblings more palatable. In this bottle we have a young one that while good now should be better next year. Dark and rich looking, we get a nice aroma of red and blue berries (plum, blueberry, a touch of currant) that lets us know there is something warm and inviting awaiting up. The wine is med/(+) bodied, good acid, smooth tannins with a touch a grip at the end. All of this comes together to give a nice, smooth finish that picks up a hint of pepper at the end. Not terribly complex but just a damn fine little wine and at this price (about $15/bottle) doesn't hurt the wallet.
Drink now, should continue to evolve a little through 2011 and be enjoyable at least through 2012.
Number of wines reviewed in 2011: 17