Did my grocery shopping for the week, and they were offering two more of the Black Mountain wines at Trader Joe’s. I tried the Cabernet a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed – these are more to my liking.
Black Mountain Chardonnay (2012) California – $8.69
Color: strong straw yellow.
Aroma: big tropical notes – pineapple and guava.
Taste: definitely more of a tropical style, with lots of fruit on the palate. Also some toasty oak, but it’s not an overly heavy or buttery complexion at all. Not my favorite style, but good quality and a better-than-average wine to pour for cocktail hour. Would also work nice if you’re doing seafood with a sweet fruit salsa.
Black Mountain Merlot (2012) California – $8.69
Color: quite dark, into the purple range.
Aroma: plum and cherry fruit, nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste: quite full on the palate, with fruit and oak, and definitely chewy. There’s some tar, and it’s tannic for a Merlot. Heads and shoulders above the usual ‘value’ Merlot – recommended.