This must be the merlot that TWC imagined that Miles was simply not going to drink. It is insipid, bland, and uninspiring. That's a tough place to be when you're asking upwards of fifteen bucks a bottle.
Now, in fairness, I may have ended up with a bottle that was flawed in some fundamental way, but mostly I think that this Russian River Valley merlot is thin and uninteresting. Your experience may certainly vary as wine enjoyment is as subjective as love. However, there are a myriad of choices out there, many of which are less expensive and more rewarding.
Lush, rich, and velvety on the palate, our 2011 Director’s Cut Merlot delivers a dramatic bouquet featuring briary berries and dark chocolate followed by luscious flavors of black cherries, currants and plums, a hint of allspice, and a spicy oak finish.