Kid Cid, on 11/25/09 9:56am, said:
Arabella Merlot. This is a great South African wine for about $10 retail if you can find it. Rich aromas of tobacco and smoke pair with a very fruit forwad flavor of plums and cassis. A very delightful sipper at a great price.
pig devilz, on 2/11/10 9:37pm, said:
what can you all tell me about Ferrari Carano Merlot, 2007 Sonoma County?
the wife had a bottle sent to her as a gift from one the Cali salesmen who is 'in to wine'
I love it!...bottle says 'silky finish' and it sure does.
bpwallace49, on 2/12/10 1:26am, said:
Had a beautiful bottle of Plumpjack Merlot 2005 at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in San Diego tonight . . . . . fantastic bottle
Gotta say, Merlot is still a great value and I'm surprised how long it's taking the market to figure it out. The Sideways correction really chased most of the crap out of the market and anyone who continued to make it did so because they care about the grape (when it does what it's supposed to) and continue to make it even though they have to basically give it away. That's good for us. Not exactly bargain bin material, but I'm still getting Northstar Merlot from Washington (a joint effort between some guys from Chat St. Michelle and Antinori of Italy) at $20 wholesale, which is half what it cost 5 years ago. It's insanely good. Deep, ripe, and totally balanced. Anyone used to Merlot being a simple quaff would never pick it out as Merlot.
I'd imagine that my market isn't the only place where they're discounting it so heavily, so it might be worth asking your local retailer.
Edited by detlef, 13 February 2010 - 05:27 PM.