Silverdale, WA 13% alc. (Purchased on 10/20/14)
From what I found on the web, this is a Wente product from Livermore with a regular retail between $8 and $11. Clear medium ruby color. To my nose, this Merlot is quite varietally true in bouquet with lots of cherry and smoke aromas and a little underlying vegetal, green bean, bell pepper nuance. That’s not a favorite quality for me, but it is integrated well into the cherryish fruit. The flavors show more cherry, raspberry and smoke, but the acidity is a little low and overall the wine is thin, washed out and lacking in body and texture. Very little tannin and a short finish. For me, it’s clearly Merlot, but rather blah and not worth the GO price.
BTW, earlier vintages were apparently blended with a little Petite Sirah, but I can’t attest that this one was. And if it was…a larger percentage might have provided the oomph that this vintage lacks, although it was tasting somewhat better two nights later.