There You Go Making Me Blush Again

I mean the summer weather, of course.  With the high humidity and high temperatures in my area – we’re talking nineties on both counts – I  have definitely been in the hunt for refreshing beverages to cool off with.  As far as wine goes, I’ve been buying plenty of light whites, but I’ve also been branching out into new territory.  Pink territory.  Not that I haven’t done pink before.  I used to have a pink tie, and I even had a pink polo shirt for awhile.    And, yes, I’ve had some blush wines previously.  But – until recently – I’d never had a Pink Moscato.  And until this bottle of inexpensive blush, I’d never had a White Merlot.

Winemaker:  Sutter Home
Wine:  White Merlot
Varietal:  Merlot
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $8.49

Notes:   I’d call the color of this wine a light rose.  In the bouquet I detected scents of berries and biscuits.  It was a light-to-medium-bodied wine with some viscosity and decent acidity.  The tannins were quite light, and alcohol was at 11.5%.  Flavors I caught were sweet cherries, grass, some pepper, and biscuits.  The last lingering into the finish.  It was different that what I had been expecting.  Somehow I thought it would be another dessert wine.  It is sweet, but not heavily so.  Honestly, I don’t know what this might be best with/as/for.  Again, this was my first flirtation with a White Merlot.  If White Merlot is one of your preferred selections, maybe you can help me think that through.  How do you serve it?

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