The 2001 Bedell Merlot begins with hints of cocoa, spice and berry flavors on the nose. A first taste confirms the vibrant flavors of cherry, blackberry, raspberry and cola. Soft, yet firm tannins give the wine structure, and a long, deep finish positions this Merlot as an exceptional food wine . . . a wonderful companion to lamb shanks, venison noisettes and grilled tuna steaks.