This is super solid for $10 and I'm not a merlot fan. Smell is my favorite. Very expressive. Cherry, something savory like tomato, a mineral edge like crushed rock. Soars from the glass. French oak..lightly sweet vanilla, black fruit like prune and tart blackberry, with more slightly tart red cherry and thin tomato puree. Pleasantly dry finish, alcohol is medium plus. A winner for everyday or by the glass.