A young, erudite university student who has affected a smoking jacket and pipe, but isn’t old enough to smoke. Smooth tannins, mild tobacco on the back end, otherwise the force of young red fruit is strong with this one. Lack of any nose at all will make you wonder if you have COVID. For me, neither the merlot nor the cab dominates the other. I paired with mutton and lentil dish, and was fantastic. Just missing a final element to grant a higher score.