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Sep 13

Affordable, Drinkable California Merlots

By: Cresta

Both of these California Merlots were chosen by my brother-in-law according to what he thought I would like. I always thought I was not a Merlot admirer, but perhaps I’ve just not had very good ones in the past. Both of these wines were very tasty and quite drinkable.

2010 Bogle Merlot – Full-bodied and smooth. A well-balanced wine with cherries on the nose, lots of bright fruit flavors and a hint of spicy black pepper. It has just the right acidity and long finish. The Bogle Merlot is aged 12 months in American oak barrels, which give it a complex taste. Even better that it’s under $12.

I’ve enjoyed other Bogle varieties, including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I just realized that I haven’t yet written about the Cab Sauv, so I will do that soon.

3 Blind Moose Merlot 2007 – Medium-bodied and bold, but very smooth and easy to drink. I tasted black cherry and plum with a touch of a chocolate-coffee flavor and a subtle oak. The 3 Blind Moose is fairly dry and not as fruity as the Bogle.

I love the fun bottle – three moose donning shades and chilling around an oak barrel. Find this one for under $10.

I give both wines a

My other brother-in-law has sent me suggestions for several wines he’s tried over the last month or so. He’s had wine in Italy and China, so he knows what he’s talking about. I haven’t had a chance to taste them so he thinks I’m blowing him off. I promise to get to them and report back.

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Posted by Cresta at 9:20 pm in Wine Misc | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “Affordable, Drinkable California Merlots”

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more on the 2012 Bogle Merlot. Like you I have tended to avoid California merlots, but Bogle has brought me over to the dark side! What I liked about the Bogle was that while it was heavy on the big fruits like you would expect, it offers that hint of spice which seemed to me to make it a better wine for pairing with a good spicy burger. It was a bit at the last barbeque of the season at my house! Thanks for these reviews – I’m going to check out the 3 Blind Moose soon.

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