This Merlot is just OK. There is really no aroma to the wine other than the smell of wine. The Merlot has a balanced taste that is neither sweet nor dry. I got this bottle as an arrival gift for checking in to a hotel, so for free it isn’t bad. This is a Beringer Wine product and sells for about $8.00 a bottle. It would be good for a pre-dinner drink for yourself or but I would not serve it to guest. Do not get me wrong, it taste OK, but this Merlot does not present well in a glass. Since Stone Cellars is not listed on the Beringer web site I suspect this brand is produced for hotels and restaurants for use as a “house brand” wine.