Barefoot Merlot

April 11th, 2013 Chuck Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

I’ve had better bottles from Barefoot. This one is a pretty simple medium bodied off dry weekday merlot. Give their Shiraz a go.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, vanilla, chocolate
Smell dark berry, cherry, raspberry
Food bbq lunch
Sweetness off dry
Price $9.95
LCBO# 53991
Score 2.5




Ironstone Vineyards Merlot 2007

July 30th, 2010 Chuck Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

This merlot drinks much like a California cab. It has a full mouthfeel and is very well balanced.

Ironstone continues to be a great value for under $20

Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, plum
Smell cola, black cherry, pomegranate
Food steak, pork, veal
Sweetness extra dry
Price $16.95
LCBO# 704353
Score 4.5




Pelee Island Merlot Reserve 2008

January 17th, 2010 Chuck Posted in Canada, Merlot No Comments »

Well this VQA is alright to drink but it’s not giving me a whole lot to write about…It’s a middle of the road, classic Ontario red - a pretty safe bet for any red meat.

Grapes: 85% Merlot, 15% Zweigelt. Do I know what Zweigelt is? I do not.

Tip: Serve slightly chilled

At a Glance
Taste dark berry, oak, vanilla
Smell black cherry, dark berry, light oak
Food grilled red meat
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 612622
Score 3




Charles Shaw Merlot 2007

October 10th, 2009 Sean Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

Only in America? This merlot came to us for $1.99. Often called two-buck-chuck, this wine is mostly found at Trader Joe’s in the United States. One thing is certain, we have never encountered two-dollar wine in Canada…god bless America.
First thing is the colour, yeah thats right I spelled it with a “u”. Get over it. Great dark purple, with light edges. We were actually surprised as this wine is not offensive, easy drinking and generally “not bad”. Does that make it a California Cab? Hell no. But, if your having a group over or making large quantities of Sangria.
Tip: chill slightly
At a Glance
Taste cherry, strawberry, berry jam
Smell vanilla, strawberry, cherry cola
Food cheese nachos, cheddar, cold cuts
Sweetness off dry
Price $1.99
LCBO# 0
Score 3




Carmen Merlot 2007

February 6th, 2009 Chuck Posted in Chile, Merlot 1 Comment »

So far in 2009, Chile has not been able to hold a torch to it’s previous growth years which showed excellent wines at even better values. Hopefully this will turn around soon.
After reading the label that the people at Vina Carmen decided best represented this vintage, I was expecting a hit. I was wrong…actually their label mislead me. Specifically when they prepared you for a finish showing “soft tannins and a lingering fruit finish” I didn’t taste either and the finish was far too hot.
Tip: chill more than usual
At a Glance
Taste dark berry, vanilla, oak
Smell black cherry, cola, spice
Food burger
Sweetness dry
Price $10.90
LCBO# 248625
Score 2




Domaine des Aspes Merlot 2005

January 31st, 2009 Sean Posted in France, Merlot No Comments »

I don’t drink a lot of French wine. There I said it. I’m also willing to bet you don’t either. Probably because the France section of the liquor store is a scary place. But in my quest for great wines under $20 I came across Domaine des Aspes a few years ago.
This is the first red from them that I have tried (the whites are terrific). This is an easy going Merlot with lots of character, nice even black fruit. Does not need food to shine, also a crowd pleaser. I picked up a case and stashed it in my collection for everyday wine.
Tip: Released on Jan 10, 2009
At a Glance
Taste black berry, cedar, plum
Smell dark berries, black cherry, wild raspberry
Food beef stew, grilled vegetables, light pasta
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 951665
Score 4
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Gray Fox Merlot 2007

October 25th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Merlot, USA 3 Comments »

Seems like we’re having a bit of trouble finding a good house merlot. For such a popular varietal, you’d think we’d have more luck…maybe this varietal is suffering from market saturation.
This particular budget merlot has a light-medium body with medium-light fruit content. It didn’t seem very refined and felt rushed out the door.
I much prefer their Gray Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, sour berry
Smell cherry, alcohol, geranium
Food club sandwich
Sweetness dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 527507
Score 2




Pasion 4 Merlot 2006

June 4th, 2008 Sean Posted in Argentina, Merlot No Comments »

I will admit that I often check out the back of the bottle to get a sense of whats in the bottle. While you don’t want to take too much of what the marketing department said to heart, you can usually get some insight. If you want a fiction story go to a library and borrow a book.
While the back of this bottle certainly had great expectations it did fall a little short (and thin). The wine was good and non-offensive but a little something was missing in the middle giving it that thin mouth feel. But still got a high value marks.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste raspberry, plum, chocolate
Smell rhubarb pie, raspberry, vanilla
Food grilled meat and roast veg
Sweetness dry
Price $11.95
LCBO# 59287
Score 2.5
Pasion 4 Merlot 2006




The Little Penguin Merlot 2007

May 29th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Australia, Merlot No Comments »

This wine has it’s place, picnic barbecues. It also has it’s place with the many other merlots from companies who choose to name their product after animals or something cutesy. If you’re a buyer of these wines and enjoy them, give this one a shot, I found it much more enjoyable than the merlot by yellow tail, and it’s a whole nickel cheaper - I’m probably paying for the name ;)
To watch for: how this wine is sweet on the attack but finishes with a slight bitter note.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, raspberry, vanilla
Smell cherry, berry
Food picnic food
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.15
LCBO# 598912
Score 2.5




Barefoot Cellars Merlot

May 20th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

Here’s an economy California merlot that if you lived in California would probably run you about 5 bucks a bottle. The company reminds be a bit of two-buck-chuck and yellow tail. Striving to make a consistent wine year after year (hmmmm…kind of like beer)
Although I wouldn’t make this one of my regulars, I could see this being a chilled summer sipper.
Tip: serve chilled
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, boysenberry, sweet plum
Smell boysenberry, plum, anise
Food bbq chicken
Sweetness off dry
Price $9.95
LCBO# 53991
Score 2




Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot 2006

April 24th, 2008 Chuck Posted in Australia, Merlot No Comments »

Bursting with ripe plum and dark berry flavours, this off dry Australian merlot can be sipped on it’s own or paired with food. Noticeably, this wine is designed to be very palatable from the first pour to the last, it does not open up or oxidize as you make your way through the bottle.
For those taking note, get your pen out, as you could call this wine flabby. To be balanced, it would need more tannin and acidity.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste grape, plum, vanilla
Smell plum, vanilla, menthol
Food roast beef
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.35
LCBO# 458679
Score 2.5




Christian Moueix Merlot 2003

March 7th, 2008 Chuck Posted in France, Merlot No Comments »

Yes, some people may say it’s only merlot, but this merlot is by Christian Moueix. Not sure who that is? that’s ok, neither did I until researching him and found he is the mastermind behind wines such as Dominus which at the time of writing the 2004 goes for just over $200/bottle. Too rich for my blood, unless I get a transfusion. But I think I may be getting a deal on this $14.85 bottle.
Pour this wine into your glass 5-10 minutes in advance as it opens up nicely.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste ripe dark fruit, blackberry
Smell raspberry, strawberry, cedar
Food baked pasta
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.85
LCBO# 961227
Score 2.5




Tangley Oaks Merlot 2003

March 6th, 2008 Sean Posted in Merlot, USA 2 Comments »

I’m now convinced there might be such a thing as heaven. California makes a variety of wines at many price points. Good California wine is known for its price tag and the sky is the limit. At $17.95 a bottle this wine drinks like something double the price. This is simply awesome wine.
We always approach a bottle of Merlot with some caution, you never really know what your going to get. This is an incredibly well structured wine with amazing length and great earthy soft finish. Tonnes of flavors and smells to fill your glass.
Tip: Drink before 2011
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, dried fig, tea
Smell plum, berry jam, coffee
Food burger with caramelized onions and cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 68155
Score 5
Tangley Oaks Metlot 2003




Yellow Tail Merlot 2006

February 23rd, 2008 Chuck Posted in Australia, Merlot No Comments »

Yellow Tail….ahhh, the world’s top selling brand. Lets begin.
This is definitely a love it or hate it wine, I found it to be in a class on it’s own.
If you’re a typical merlot drinker, you may not like this one.
If you’re not a typical wine drinker you may love this wine.
This wine has been labeled as being created in the boardroom rather than in the vineyards (translation: that’s what the kids call a ‘diss’, or what adults call an insult). So they try to appease the masses, good business and it shows, hell, they are the first winery I’ve found to display Nutritional Information.
Tip: open this bottle up for non-winedrinkers, you just may convert them to the dark side ;)
At a Glance
Taste an entire spice rack, juicy ripe fruit
Smell plum, oak, vanilla
Food bbq
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.20
LCBO# 625350
Score 2




Dog House Moxies Merlot

January 20th, 2008 Archive Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

From the wine maker www.doghousewine.com
Eager to please with a friendly nose of sweet black cherries, anise and the perfume of iris blossoms. Boysenberry and pomegranate flavors dominate, with toasty and earthy notes fleshing out into a creamy mid-palate. The lingering, chalky finish is complemented by very fine and elegant tannins.
Signature Recipe: Marinated Pork Medallions with Grainy Mustard and Rosemary Scented Sauce.
$14.00
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Azzaro Merlot

January 17th, 2008 Archive Posted in France, Merlot No Comments »

From the winemaker azzarowine.com
This is a dark red wine with aromas of poppies, cherry and black currants. Smooth and delicious, its silky tannins will enchant all palates.
Enjoy it throughout a meal with both red and white meats and cheese. Perfect as a before-dinner drink with varied appetizers. Serve chilled.
$ 12.85
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Fairview Stellenbosch Merlot 2004

January 13th, 2008 Archive Posted in Merlot, South Africa No Comments »

From the winemaker fairview.co.za
Stellenbosch is the primary viticultural area in Southern Africa for growing Bordeaux varietals. This is our first 100% Stellenbosch origin Merlot from an exciting new project.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with rich fruit and walnuts.

Aroma: Blackberry, ripe plums and olives with wild honey hints

$ 16.85
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Barefoot California Merlot

January 13th, 2008 Archive Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

From the wine maker www.barefootwine.com
Medium to full body, balanced tannins. Red cherry & plum. Mocha finish complemented by smoky vanilla oak. Barefoot Merlot is perfect with beef, poultry, red sauce pastas, cheeses and desserts.
$10.00
 
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Trumpeter Merlot 2000

January 12th, 2008 Archive Posted in Argentina, Merlot No Comments »

From the winemaker bodegalarural.com.ar
The 2000 growing season offered ideal conditions for the cultivation of rich, concentrated fruit in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. A long, cool summer coupled with a mild harvest season combined to allow the grapes to ripen gradually, reaching their optimum level of maturity.
The 2000 Trumpeter Merlot has a dark red color with deep purple tones. The nose is focused and intense with jammy, black cherry aromas and notes of tobacco and vanilla. In the mouth it feels soft and enticing, with ripe cherry and plum fruit flavors and a lengthy silky finish.
$ 14.05
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Barringer Stone Cellars Merlot 2004

January 6th, 2008 Archive Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

From the wine maker www.beringer.com
A satisfying Merlot that delivers layers of fruit flavors and aromas. The 2004 Stone Cellars Merlot is luscious and well-balanced with ripe strawberry and red cherry flavors, a soft-mid palate and finishing with a hint of baking spice. You’ll enjoy sipping this wine as a pre-dinner aperitif or pairing it fruit-infused meat dishes like pork with plums and rosemary or even a turkey sandwich with bacon and cranberry sauce.
$13.85
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Cypress Vineyards Merlot 2006

January 4th, 2008 Archive Posted in Merlot, USA No Comments »

From the wine maker www.jlohr.com
The 2006 Cypress Vineyards Merlot is purple red in color with youthful hues and medium density. One of the most memorable characteristics of this wine is the lovely aromas of fresh cherry and lifted spice, complemented by a subtle hint of mint and leather. On the palate, the wine follows through to a long and satisfying finish. I would recommend the 2006 Cypress Vineyards Merlot with beef filets with a red wine sauce or barbecued ribs. This wine should be enjoyed in its youth or cellared up to five years.
$11.50
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