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.
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