stepping away from the wine festival tastings, i opened this bottle of merlot last evening. this is another inexpensive wine that will be sure to please the casual wine drinker, especially when budget is a consideration. selling for about $7 a bottle, this merlot is a blend from several vineyards. the nose is fruity with cherries and dark chocolate. the taste was plums, chocolate and a little licorice. this is not a complex wine, but more of an every day red that you can enjoy with many different foods. if you want something complex, look elsewhere, but expect to pay a bit more.