Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: *** $ Redwood Creek Merlot, California, non-vintage = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Redwood Creek Merlot.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Redwood Creek is a bargain-priced line of California varietals.  I just tried the chardonnay and liked it a great deal.  The cabernet sauvigion, which I reviewed earlier, was no great shakes.  Today, I will sample another red, the merlot.

Original tasting and review : This is Redwood Creek Merlot, California, non-vintage.

In the glass: Deep red mahogany, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and sweet fleshy red berries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity and easy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact purple bright plum fruit on the mid-palate, with soft, solid body, gentle but with some structure.  Red soft raspberries create the initial impressions, and are followed by a clean and gentle fading finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at a practically free price point.  This is either a stronger offering than the cabernet sauvignon, or the offerings have improved substantially in the intervening few years.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Redwood Creek Merlot.

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