This Merlot possesses a very inviting, dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of holiday-spiced plums, ripe cherries and dried cranberries immediately greet the senses followed by exotic notes of blood orange and cocoa powder. While this wine is big it is also balanced. The oak in this Merlot delightfully frames the complex ripe coastal fruit aromas of this wine. It is a spicy, ripe styled California Merlot with flavors big and bold enough to pair with the heartiest meats.