The 2013 Merlot is a touch lighter than the brooding and rich 2012. The nose is soft and inviting with driedprovencal herbs, cherries, plums and just a hint of dark bitter chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet,red fruits and further complexity from notes of cigar-box and wet earth. The fruity tannins are fine and somewhatdelicate, adding a silky texture to a long spicy finish. Supple and fragrant now, it will age for 5 years or perhapsmore.