This is a big fruit-forward, well-structured Merlot. The nose is full of black fruits, blackberry and dark cherry with nutmeg, hickory smoke and dried herbs. It fills the mouth with the flavors of just-picked blackberries, ripe cherries and blueberries, mingled with mulling spices, black pepper and toasted oak. This wine demonstrates Raymond's commitment to well-structured Merlots, balancing soft tannins with lush ripe fruit. With a silken texture and light finish this wine delivers a very satisfying ending.