Competent but dry Merlot

Monday, January 11, 2010

Brand NameAsunto
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Wine NameMerlot
Vintage (Year)2008
AVACentral Valley
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeMerlot
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

Merlot is one of those grapes much maligned in the American market after the release of Sideways, though it is one of the noble varietals used in the manufacture of Burgundy wine. For the most part, it is not a wine that I normally like unless it is medium- or full-bodied; I hate a dry wine.

This Merlot is indeed dry, with sharp tannins proudly dancing around the flavor/aspect of oak. The nose is woody and the color a rich purple; of course, what else could it be? While the flavors consist of berries and dark plums, for my palate it is overshadowed by the dryness.


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