NOBODY DRINKS FUCKING MERLOT

Deep deep fairly impenetrable garnet with bricking edges and shockingly: somewhat staining.  Dark and dense both in appearance and nose.  Rich, heady cassis, vanilla, wet sandpaper, asparagus, licorice and fresh-turned bottom-soil.  Yes, a bit construed.  Yes a bit lacking in fruit, but only against the shocking backbone.  But see?  This is really a great little wine.  It helps I paid 50% of retail for it because some large corporate chain decided ‘Sonoma’ was no longer a viable, marketable appellation for facing but ‘California’ was entireably more sellable to #womenwhowine.  *cough* CVS *cough*.  I would probably be somewhat disappointed had I paid the 22$ tag for this instead of the 9$ it was slashed to on the CLEARANCE rack for.  Wait.  Did I just end that sentence in a preposition?  Sorry.  I would re-write it to avoid the scenario, but 9$ wine just really isn’t worth a re-write.  We’re all about value-reciprocity here at Soif.  Get in.  Get out.  Get your money’s worth.  No editing.  In the mouth, rich and ripe and soooo Alexander valley-ish with vibrant briar and acid balancing the simultaneous nose.  Dark, tarry fruit clasps desperately to your tongue while polished acids attempt to tear it asunder.  There is no mistaking this for Merlot.  The thinness of 7yo fruit is a dead-giveaway but this is where this particular cheap little Sonoma sets itself apart from the hundreds of aged Cali Merlot under 30$ I have dranken in the past couple decades.  This thing has fruit.  We’re not talkin Cab fruit or SY fruit, of course–we’re talkin mellow, finessed, situational fruit which can only spell M-E-R-L-O-T.  Does it sound like I am making apologies for this wine?  No!  It just gets better with air and this is a GREAT bottle of wine, nuanced and extremely balanced with a pro-tip edge and–like I have preached for decades–a fantabulous Chateau St. Jean bargain.  14-2 and an EXTREMELY recommended  ♦♦

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