Firefly Ridge Merlot 2013

Accustomed to seeing flashing red and white lights in, around, and coming out of our local fire station, last June I was treated to an entirely different kind of light show.  I was walking by just before dusk and noticed that the front yard was covered with flashing yellow dots.  Fireflies!  It was an amazing sight.  There must have been scores of them in a little, tiny yard.  And even more in the field behind the fire station.

Unfortunately, the camera on my phone was not capable of capturing the full effect.  I took copious amounts of pictures, many of which have no sign of firefly showmanship at all.  I just couldn’t get them to synchronize.  The photo below has the most firefly flashes I was able to catch at one time – 6.  Ha!  Even so, those little fireflies created a definite excitement not only for me but for all the passersby that evening (especially the young kids).  I wasn’t the only one who stopped to enjoy the show.

Perhaps it’s that sense of wonderment and excitement that the artwork on the Firefly Ridge label seeks to tap into.  It’s a great label.  Certainly a lot more romantic and idealized than fireflies against smudged concrete block and drain spouts!

Winemaker: Firefly Ridge
Varietal: Merlot
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Price: $15.99

Notes:  Dark red in color, this California Merlot had a subtle bouquet of berries and cola.  A medium-bodied wine, acidity seemed fine and tannins were light.  On the other hand, I felt this was (for lack of a better term) clunky on the palate.  I thought the flavors of berries, pepper, rubber and oak were just not well integrated.   All the better then, that I was able to grab this on discount at $5.99. 

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