A few months ago, I reviewed the Wild Horse Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and noted then how the winery was one that started small (literally in a plastic tub) and grew over time. And like many wineries they’ve gotten to a point where they offer a few different tiers of wines. The “Central Coast” lineup represents their bargain-priced wines.
Similar to the Cabernet Sauvignon, their merlot is bold and intense. The style is also what I sometimes refer to as “dirty,” meaning it has lot’s of spice and character, not just juicy fruit (although there’s plenty of that too.)
This is a big merlot. It has powerful plum, blackberry, nutmeg, cedar and clove aromatics. The palate is equally big (if not bigger), with ripe plum, blackberry and cherry flavors with a touch of spice. The acidity is good and the mouthfeel smooth. The finish is uber-long. To keep this review quick and to the point, this is a darn tasty merlot.
Wine: Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Central Coast
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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