Merlot is one of the primary grapes in Bordeaux where it is the most widely planted grape it is also one of the most popular red wine varietals worldwide. As a varietal wine, Merlot can make soft, velvety wines with plum flavors. While Merlot wines tend to mature faster than Cabernet Sauvignon, some examples can continue to develop in the bottle for decades. Merlot tends to reflect elements which include cassis, black and red cherries, dark berries and plum. Vegetable and earthy notes include black and green olives, cola nut, fennel, leather, mushrooms and tobacco with backlit herbal notes such as black tea, eucalyptus, laurel, mint, oregano, pine, rosemary, sage and thyme. Napa Valley Merlot tends to offer a soft entry, supple well integrated tannins and lingering finish in its youth and will continue to develop with age.