Taylors always produce good value wines across their entry-level range. An added bonus is that they are usually built to last.

While this Merlot isn’t as good as last years (2003), it is still a pretty good wine showing nice varietials characteristics.

Violets, plums, cassis, spice, tobacco, some leather and smoky oak.

Palate: Again plums, tobacco and cassis, with pepper, oak and fine tannins. Moderate acid and a slightly bitter finish. 17/20. Drink now through 2010.