I have been writing about my love of Merlot for a long time. More so since Paul Giamatti spoke those infamous words in the movie Sideways, ‘I don’t want to drink any f*&king Merlot”!
Many reports have stated Merlot sales dropped for a while, while Pinot Noir flourished, causing no damage to the wine industry overall. I love Merlot. Merlot loves me. We have a fantastic relationship.
Let me start by sharing some of my favourite Merlot wines. My first one is a staple in my wine rack because it’s such a great value.
Dada 2 is an Argentinian organic Merlot. Delicious. The price recently went up, however it is still only $16.48 a bottle here in Nova Scotia. It’s a very lush wine, with hints of mocha from the oak, however in no way does the oak dominate. Got together with some friends last night to drink a glass of wine and this is the one I bought down.
This J. Lohr Merlot wine from California won best Merlot at the Festival of Wines show last year, and I’ve enjoyed it several times since then. Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking at J. Lohr says they’ve added a bit of Malbec because it accentuated the fruit flavours. It would also add some structure to the wine. I had this last year with a steak and it was stunning, and it sells for $29.99 here. However, if you’re down California way, it sells for $15 a bottle at the Vineyard, heartbreaking isn’t it? Being a wine lover in Canada it’s not always easy on the pocketbook
Here’s another Merlot that I absolutely love, and this hails from California as well. Barrel aged in American oak for 12 months, the oak is a little more noticeable in this wine, but the Merlot is so full bodied and juicy that the grape does shine. It sells for about $25 a bottle here, and it’s a great one.
And now for my wine of the week,,,
To show my white wine loving friends I haven’t forgotten about them, this was one of my favorite white wines at the Festival of Wines. The Bread and Butter Chardonnay will have you thinking of creme brule with its notes of vanilla bean and almond. Things I loved about this Chardonnay? The oak did not dominate the wine, it had some very bright acidity and the flavors were vibrant, not always words used to describe Chardonnay. I loved it and will definitely buy it again.
I hope you over-achieve this weekend!! Till next week, Cheers