Tag - merlot

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Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat Merlot 2009
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Red Diamond 2011 Merlot

Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat Merlot 2009

Australia
$7.99
As far as inexpensive mass-market wines go this one beats out others you can find at your local grocery store named after penguin’s and flip-flop’s. They’re easy to find, tasty and pretty consistent. Like the Chipotle of wines.

This particular Merlot had a nice smooth finish and pleasant minerality (a ridiculous wine word that means it tastes like or somehow has the essence of stone, I know I know, but I like this one). A bit thick in the mouth with dark fruit notes of blackberry and plum. Definitely full-bodied but with a sprite lift of acidity.

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Red Diamond 2011 Merlot

Washington State
$7.99
Boy have I been enjoying some of these Washington State wines lately! That includes one that I had a few weeks back at my friend Bryan’s birthday dinner.

The “surprise” dinner party was booked at a fancy French restaurant where I ordered poorly and spent most of the time having food-envy, eyeing and flirting bites off the plates of other guests. Oh, and that wine, I can’t even remember what it was, but now that I’m writing this blog I suppose I should do a better job of taking notes.

The label on this Red Diamond Merlot encourages the drinker to “Reveal your Red Side.” Well, okay!

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