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.
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.