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.
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.
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.
I finally tried the last wine that was sent to me from Aldi back in December. I was pretty skeptical as I’d never had a Chianti, but it was better than I thought it would be for $5.99.
I can’t place the aroma I experienced when I first popped the cork on the 2009 Gonfalone (Italy) Chianti. It was interesting, sort of a syrupy cherry. It didn’t taste like it smelled though. It had ripe fruit flavors and some spice. The label says it’s a full-bodied wine but I would say it’s more medium-bodied. It’s fairly dry on the tongue as well. I chilled it a while before drinking.
I went back to have another glass a couple of days later and it was “flat.” I’m assuming this was because it lacked acidity. It definitely did not taste as good as when it was first opened.
Not one of my faves but OK for the price.
Life has been completely crazy lately! I have had a chance to enjoy a couple of wines…just haven’t had much time to write about them. Here are a couple of nice Cabernet Sauvignon varieties I’ve recently tasted.
2009 Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon. A Cab Sauv from California with flavors of black cherry, vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate tannins, this wine is easy to drink. It paired nicely with the pork loin we had for dinner.
2010 Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. Root: 1 wines are known as the “original ungrafted” wines as the grapes are grown in the ungrafted root systems of the Colchagua Valley in Chile, which results in intense, ripe fruit flavors.
This wine has a strong cherry aroma with deep flavors of tangy blackberry and vanilla. It is a full-bodied wine with soft tannins and good structure. I’d love to eventually try the Root:1 Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc.
You should be able to find these wines for $10-$12 each.
Here are some upcoming wine tastings that I am aware of. Most require advance registration. Please share any other Cincinnati-area wine tastings you enjoy attending.
The Wine Merchant in Hyde Park
Saturday, July 21: Noon-5 p.m.
Saturday Premium Wine Flight – sample four Riesling’s for $15.
Friday, July 27: 6-8 p.m.
Friday Night Tasting – Hooray Rosé. Taste a sampling of refreshing Rosé selections for $20.
Saturday, July 28: Noon-5 p.m.
Saturday Premium Wine Flight – taste four wines from Burgundy for $15.
Party Source in Bellevue
Wednesday, July 25: 8 p.m.
Fresh Catch Wines! Taste a variety of wines to pair with fish for $20 (includes a $5 Party Source gift card).
Deps’ Fine Wine & Spirits
Ft. Thomas and Covington
Dep’s holds tastings on Fridays at both stores, 4-8 p.m. Check out their website for the theme and wine selections.
Joostenberg Shiraz/Merlot 2009 is a full-bodied South African red blend that is rich and savory, with distinct tastes of plum and spice. It’s a fairly bold wine but with well-balanced tannins. Not too dry and very flavorsome.
Joostenberg is a fifth-generation family farm committed to natural farming and wine making. The grapes are from the organically grown vineyards of the Paarl Region in South Africa. According to the winemaker, this is an unusual blend as Shiraz and Merlot are not combined in any of the famous wine growing regions.
I thought this was best served at a cool room temp. I put the bottle in the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to drinking the first time.
I’m unsure of the cost as this was a bottle from the wine club.
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