2012 Hayes Ranch Lucky Horseshoe California Merlot, $5.99

Silverdale, WA    13% alc.    (Purchased on 10/20/14)

IMG_1842From 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.


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