Showing posts with label Merlot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Merlot. Show all posts



2004 Kunde Estates Chardonnay
2002 Beaucanon Estates Chardonnay
2005 Bohemian Highway Chardonnay

2005 Sebastiani Pinot Noir
2004 Seghesio Barbera
2003 Bolla Valpolicella

2005 Wyndham Estates Bin 222 Chardonnay
2005 King Fish Pinot Grigio

2004 Silver Ridge Pinot Noir
2003 Blackstone Merlot

2004 Silver Ridge Chardonnay
2005 Novella Sauvignon Blanc
2003 Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Casillero Del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Coastal Ridge Chardonnay
2005 Little Black Dress Chardonnay

2005 Wyndham Estates Bin 333 Pinot Noir

2005 Smoking Loon Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay


Sun., 2/18, Little Rock & North Little Rock, AR
Right off the bat let me tell you that I am not the biggest fan of Merlot from any vineyard so I want to say I do have a bias in reviewing them. I approached this bottle, however, with an open mind so that my bias towards the grape would not affect my review. This one was filled with dark fruits as the color in my glass was typical of what I expect out of a rich, full-bodied, Cabernet Sauvignon. The Blackstone Merlot, from Sonoma County, had an intense flavor, almost too intense, of cherries and spices with a heavy mouth feel and it was almost too sweet for my liking. Nice firm tannins with a little oak thrown in for good measure balanced the sweetness somewhat but not all the way. I'd like to add that I had this one by itself and not with any type of food so it may be better when accompanying a nice beef filet or braised lamb shank. I gave this one 3 corkscrews as I paid $5.99/bottle and it had what I would say is good taste and value at that price point. That being said, I wouldn't pay any more than that! One positive I did discover when reviewing this wine is the Blackstone Winery website . Check it out if you get a chance as it is very well done and interesting to visit.
#1 and I had a chance to catch up on 2 Desperate Housewives episodes we had Tivo'd, as well as one The Office as the in-laws graciously agreed to have the kids over to spend the night hence our short trip to North Little Rock, or "Dogtown" as it used to be called. Supposedly the story is that people who lived in Little Rock would cross the river into North Little Rock to let out any dogs they didn't want, hence the name. Just a little Arkansas trivia for you! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!