Our Lumière de Vie 2012 California Merlot is a young wine with rich and dark purple color . Red fruits are not showing off as expected in the attack. Instead notes of chocolate, pepper and truffles are present. From the middle of the nose all the way to the finish, we have some light toasty characters of sap and oak. In the mouth, the flavors are centered around some notes of leather, vanilla and spice. This young 2011 Californian Merlot has a good tannic structure, 14% alcohol content and a balanced medium body. This wine can be enjoyed now, but will also benefit from bottle ageing, reaching its peak in 3 to 4 years. This Merlot has enough structure to age gracefully for at least four to five years.