I tasted L'Apparita years ago with the producer and Vinaigre(mtl formumite) when she came to Montréal. I believe it was the 2004 vintage. The wine was nice and elegant but not at all worth the 149$ price tag they were selling it for back then.
My merlot-of-choice is Ricolma. It is less elegant and more powerful compared to L'Apparita but, at roughly 50 Euros, it is better value. And when I want a merlot with elegance, I reach for Piantonaia.