Here’s an interesting fact: according to Wikipedia -and who doesn’t rely on Wikipedia these days – Merlot is the third most-grown grape varietal globally. Take that! Miles Raymond (from the movie Sideways).
Winemaker: Alexander & Fitch
Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA
Price: $6.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: Dark burgundy in the glass, this A&F Merlot exhibited earth, moss and berries in the bouquet. Medium-bodied and with good acidity, it has what I would call “medium-ish” tannins. Flavors I detected included earth, vanilla, balsamic vinegar (without the vinegar), cherries, and bitters. Another solid performer from the inexpensive selections at Trader Joe’s.
Some wines are so full of flavors and nuance, I almost feel like I can’t do them justice with a description. In fact, I probably can’t. Still, I do my best and enjoy trying. Other wines are so amazingly straightforward, it takes only a word or two to express the essence of their character. That isn’t a judgement, by the way. Sometimes the right wine for a particular occasion is the kind that makes a singular impact.
Winemaker: Santa Rita
Wine: 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Valle Central DO, Chile