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.