Like video games based on movies, I was skeptical of a wine named from a movie character. But like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this wine was spectacular. It has all the mellowness and subtly of a Pinot Noir with none of the bitter finish. It's not an overly complex wine which might put some people off. If you're a Merlot drinker looking for something pleasant to sip in the evening, give Gandalf a try.