This is one of the best Merlot's made anywhere. Period. The attention to detail and the quality of fruit is amazing. Certainly some vintages are better than others, but it is always phenomenal. There is 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Deep ruby/purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright. A wonderful nose of black cherries, plums, slight kirsch, slight dark chocolate, and minerals. Full bodied with a lush texture. Flavors of sour cherries, black raspberries and plums intertwined with minerality, dark chocolate and slight spice. Light tannins. Lots of verve, it dances on the tongue. Tight layers unwind in the glass. The finish goes on for a long time. This is still young and maturing and may even get a bit better. Still, at age ten, there is no harm in opening now. Merlot tends to drink well early. This is delicious on its own but will work well with roasted fowl. It is crazy expensive but a real treat.