Huge, persistent oak and odd candy notes overwhelm the underlying fruit. Mineral flavors, with a primal aftertaste that I have found more often in Southern Rhone blends or Pinotage than in Merlot, by itself not unpleasant but which are on this unbalanced wine. Smooth tannins. This feels to me like a a highly manipulated wine, a better name might be The Velveeta Devil. There are many better wines at this price ($10-$14).
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