The wine is dark in color and reveals seductive aromas of black licorice, big ripe blackberry, tar, and cassis. The flavors unfold after a few hours of decanting and show dark fruit characteristics of blackberry jam, and cassis followed by unctuous and chewy notes of licorice, tar, and a mineral-lead type flavor. It's quite obvious that this wine is so bold because of the oak treatment and the fact that it was bottled very recently but I see true potential for a big, powerful, and full bodied Merlot that has real structure and will age with grace.
The tannins are important to study while tasting this wine and I say this because if the tannins were ruff and harsh, instead of firm and delineated, then I think we would score this wine very differently. As it stands I score this wine 91 points.