Most wine connoisseur's will thumb their nose at a Merlot (or a any wine from the Barefoot brand for that matter) but this is an awesome table wine. This is my go-to wine. I always have a couple of bottles at home to open after a long workday. I'm not a wine snob, if a wine tastes good to me, I like it. It's a great bargain for $7! I also like the Barefoot Cab & Shiraz.