Certainly soft, as befits a pure Merlot wine, with smoky tannins and cranberry fruit juice flavors. There is a coolness to the wine, heightened by the acidity, a product of the vintage.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.