Friday, January 30, 2009

Wines for the New Depression: Carte Vieja Merlot

This is another entry from my friends at Acker Merril . This was a big surprise, because it is a really good Merlot and in the 5 dollar range.

There are so many bad, weak, sweet, overpriced wines coming from California of all varieties and a Merlot in the same price range is almost guaranteed to be BAD. This lovely little entry from Chile was quite good. Much better than a lot of examples at 3 to 4 times the price. It has great fruit, good acid, and a nice finish.

While it has a nice body and extraction I would not pair it with short ribs, however it did make a great pasta wine.


Anonymous said...

Unlike you I like sweet and cloying wines. But then I like Barolo, Pinot Noir, Berane, Chianti and quite a few other wines too.

Karl Wilder, Chef said...

Well if I have something sweet, with a rich mouth feel at a tasting I will pass it on.

I know not everyone's taste is mine when it comes to wine.