Home Wine Regions Californian Wine Blackstone Merlot

Today it’s nothing fancy.  Just a quick and dirty review.  This Merlot is one of the best sellers at one of my favorite wine shops.  It’s a great price, and so I wanted to see what made this so popular.  To be honest, that still seems to be a mystery to me.

Blackstone Merlot

I would call this an average, commercial Merlot.  The nose is OK, although it lacks intensity.  It has some classic plum, strawberry, earthy beet and sage aromas.  But I also got a hint of sulfur on the nose, for which it gets a ding.  The palate is fairly bland, although there’s nothing offensive about it.  The fruit is a little weak—what’s there is plum and cherry.  It’s slightly bitter on the finish and slightly heavy on the tannins in general.  But the acidity is good.  This is a drinkable Merlot, but nothing I would seek out.

Wine: Blackstone
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 13.5%
Rating: 82
Price: $7.98

2 replies to this post
  1. I’m in complete agreement — I had a bottle of this the other night and, while it certainly wasn’t objectionable, it wasn’t terribly memorable either. I’m going to try some of your other Merlot recommendations — I’m not a big Merlot fan but I’m trying to branch out!

  2. I’ve never been a fan of Merlots in general. I find most of them bitter and too dry for my taste. A friend brought a bottle of this to dinner the other night and I was pleasantly surprised. It was light and fruity tasting without the bitter after taste that I get from most Merlots. Quite a palatable surprise for me.

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