A case of bigger not being better. Powerful but pruney, with tons of oak, molasses, BBQ sauce, caramel and blackness but hardly any fruit to speak of. You might admire the breadth and potency of this New World Merlot, but probably not its heavyness and lack of vitality.
Browning in color, with mounds of dry spice, tea and earth aromas, but also a cooked, overoaked quality that doesn’t serve the wine well. The palate is plodding and doesn’t really evolve, while flavors of brown sugar, obvious oak and roasted berry seem to be fading. Expensive for what’s in the bottle.