Merlot I’ve Missed You

I’ve been focusing on white wines and Rosés this summer and neglecting red wines. Tends to happen to me as the weather creeps up in temperature!  Now, I’m not sure how I should disclose about this wine…it’s not really a sample since it came in the conference bag of a conference I paid to attend…hear that all you naysayers? I PAID money out of my own pocket to attend the Wine Blogger Conference, including flight, hotel room, rental car, and conference fee. Excuse the divergence in topic there. Anyway, in my conference bag was this 375mL bottle of 2005 Pedroncelli Bench Vineyards Merlot.  A full 750mL bottle retails for $14, it had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 14.2% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I got blackberry, black cherry, plum, spice, herbs, and chocolate.  In the mouth, dark fruit dominated with blackberry, black plum, black cherry, anise, pepper, and spices.  Overall, I’d describe this as plush and soft, and easy to drink.

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