A cheap TJ Merlot from Chile’s Central Valley. This is the 2012 vintage, purchased for $4.70. I’m having this with some warm goat cheese, and then a simple green salad.
Aroma: blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry, and a hint of bramble.
Taste: a great bottle for under $5! This has plenty of fruit, good structure and depth, enough tannin for food, a touch of oak, and a nice motion of flavors across the tongue. It’s also not too acidic, which is the number one fault of most domestic Merlots.
Recommended! I’ll probably sock away a case in the cellar for fall and winter drinking. I think this would go well with roasted root vegetables and cous-cous, lean grilled beef, or lamb.