Sometimes in the wine business the convoluted world of holding companies, parent companies, sister companies, etc. can get confusing. To a degree, that’s the case with Redwood Creek, which is part of Frei Brothers, which is owned by E&J Gallo. In many cases the large parent companies in the wine business just act as holding companies and allow the wine brands in their portfolio to operate fairly independently. To be honest, I’m not sure how that relationship works in the case of Redwood Creek, but despite the hierarchy of relationships I assume they operate somewhat independently.
The wines from Redwood Creek are reasonably priced, with many of them selling for around $10.00, such as this one that was $11.00. That makes them wines worth a try in my book, and I’m glad I tasted this one.
An extremely herbaceous nose stands out with this Merlot. Nutmeg, anise and mint all have a strong presence, along with cherry and blackberry to add some fruit to the bouquet. On the palate it’s very well balanced. Plum, cherry, blackberry and chocolate flavors fill your mouth. Soft and smooth tannins give a nice mouth feel. The finish is medium in length and brings a mild cola flavor to the equation.
This is a very good Merlot, but for the price it’s outstanding.
Wine: Redwood Creek
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