California; 14.2% ABV
$7 at the Oakland, CA store on 16 May
(I recycled the bottle before I took a photo, but it looked a lot like this M-S label.)
I generally don’t like the soft unstructured nature of Merlot, but this one is pretty good, both more emphatic and more elegant than most. It needs about a half hour of air, continues to develop for a while after that, and is still fine three hours later. It shows classic Merlot flavors of ripe blackcurrant, purplish red cherries, and ripe red currant, with good acid of these fruits, and a little vanilla / oak. I wouldn’t get more because I’m not that wild about Merlot, but I think this is pretty good for the price.