Columbia Valley, WA; 14.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 11 Nov
After a spate of Merlots I actually liked, here in one finally I’m not that fond of, although not for the reasons I usually dislike Merlot.
I originally tasted this wine from a bottle that had been open for a day, and thought it was a little rough, but had a lot of fruit and was holding up well. Little did I know that that was not so different from what the wine was like on the first day. As often happens, the wine started reserved, red, and tart. After airing about 60 – 90 minutes, the full-bodied and -flavored wine is dominated by blackcurrant, with red cherry and red currant under that. What I didn’t like is that the wine is a bit rough and out of balance. The saved half bottle was not much different the next day. Maybe this is another wine to drink the next day, just putting a cork in the bottle to store it. This wine is probably quite acceptable for many people who will like its strong, non-jammy flavors (it tastes like wine), but for me it was only Drinkable.