Medium red color. The nose was earthy with plum notes. In the mouth, this light-bodied wine displayed plums, herbs, and occasional chocolate notes. The acidity was clean, but there wasn't much depth on the midpalate. The finish was average. Overall, this wine seemed pretty generic, but with hamburgers, it showed a little more depth. Drink with food.
A pale comparison to the 2007, which was indeed a hedonistic pleasure. Vanilla on the nose and also the primary flavor, it is thin and peters out quickly. This doesn't make it bad per se, just disappointing - especially in comparison to its older sibling.
Not terrible, but not great. For the price point I usually feel pretty safe with a merlot but this one was a disappointment. My major issue with it was the moderate citrus notes that creep in on the finish.
Not sure what to make of this. Seems more mellow on the oak front compared to 2007 and pro notes. Not feeling the "velvet devil" here though as i was hoping. This is some spice and an artificial quality to the nose. I get similar notes on palate. It is a little tannic, with some acid - light. Some coco notes actually, and some stewed fruit - very subtle. Not enough there for me, perhaps a little more oak would make this "velvety"...producer has quite the Rep, and the local store got more of the product line in that i will give a go.
The Stuff: 100% Washington Merlot, 10 months in oak, 13.8% ABV •The Swirl: Mildly translucent with ruby red undertones. A pretty wine •The Sniff: Smooth dark chocolate with cherry and oak. I would imagine this would be the aroma an Umpa Lumpa would smell in the chocolate river (if cherries were involved too). •The Sip: The sip is slightly thin on the front that opens up to a nice moderate fruit – still cherries. Definitely a chocolate covered cherry Merlot. •The Score: At only $12 (sometimes under $10) – At this price, a solid 3 (out of 5). A trustworthy wine for the money. Good sipper, but the thin front and single dimension leave the score lower.
Good up front fruit but on the mid-palate there begins a streak of quite green and stemmy bitter flavor (bell pepper maybe?) with long finish. Kind of interesting but not all that enjoyable to me. Not bad -- I enjoyed it to a certain extent.