Some have called this the best Merlot from Israel.
Concentrated, modern and sleek and still hasn't escaped the influences of the oak. Maybe it doesn't want to. It started out with more or less typical Merlot aromas and smoke then picked up an appealing milk chocolate overlay. So it's got its bases covered as far as the nose is concerned but the palate is a different story. Nice, sweet fruit on the attack finishing with off-putting, bitter notes (that word, "notes", can be such an abused term...) that really tried my patience by the time it eked out a sour, cranberry finish. Some might think it's going through a difficult stretch (another abused term) and will surely be flattered by its superficial richness and length but I remain doubtful, pissed off and glad I didn't buy more.