Jon Peterson wrote:At the wine shop, I often suggest Merlot for the folks seeking something not so sweet as they have gotten used to yet not so dry/tart or "tannin-ee" as they are afraid of. For these folks, Merlot seems perfect.
Robin Garr wrote:Jon Peterson wrote:At the wine shop, I often suggest Merlot for the folks seeking something not so sweet as they have gotten used to yet not so dry/tart or "tannin-ee" as they are afraid of. For these folks, Merlot seems perfect.
Jon, this is the exact gap that I would like to see us explore this month, and I hope I can keep a commitment to dig into it myself. I have a feeling that the industry has begun to build back into the in-betweens, and that with a little effort (perhaps in Washington State, and not necessarily at the oak, hype and price level of the Leonettis) we might find that there's Merlot available to the Anti Flavor Wine Elite again. Will I be disappointed? Maybe. But I would rather explore with open eyes and an open mind than blow off the month entirely. What fun is wine if we can't discover new things where we thought the field had already been harvested?
ChaimShraga wrote:What's wrong with the public perception that a good Right Bank or something like Lamoine can't fix? The problem with Merlot is bland plonk, but I'm sure all those cases of Blue Nun won't stop us from buying Donnhoff or Prum.
David M. Bueker wrote:2001 Clos les Lunelles (Cotes de Castillon)
Still showing lots of wood and lots of tannins. There's a little fruit buried under there, but it's very drying, and not enjoyable. A Perse monster that has gone the way that might have been expected.
John Treder wrote:I don't know whether Merlot's reputation can be repaired, though attempts are being made to repair Chardonnay's reputation.
John Treder wrote:I must confess, Tim, that my experience of European wines is much less than a bottle a year. Just too expensive for anything that I've found I liked. $35 here can buy you a really good wine. Yes, it's different in character from the Europeans.
Because of the infamous import duties and of course the realities of importing and transportation and so forth, I have a horrible suspicion that my $35 Merlot (to stay on topic ) would cost something in the order of 40 to 50 Euro in Belgium. And a French Merlot-based wine that costs about 25 Euro would cost me around $60 or more.
So I guess there's some sort of horrible "parity". But still, when it's twofers, I'll stay local (for the most part).
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