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Childress Vineyards Reserve Series Merlot 2010

Recommendation: Not recommended

Winery/Producer: Childress Winery; Lexington, North Carolina

Grape Variety: Merlot

Geographic Region, Appellation: North Carolina

Vintage: 2010

Price: $24.99 (estimated)

Purchased From: Childress Winery

Pared With: Lintil soup

Tasting:

    He said: Crystal clear, ruby red color. Robust dark fruit and cherry aromas with hints of alcohol. Rough cherry taste that continues into a rather tart (harsh), medium length finish and ends in a terrible bitter taste. Really poor balance of the acidity. Beautiful color though!!! We received this as one of three bottles in the December package Childress sends to their wine club members. So would we buy this wine…at $24.99 never!!!

    She said: Lentil soup is our default dinner and admittedly difficult to pair with wine. Since our Childress box of wine just arrived and our expectations were low we figured that we could hardly go wrong. Unfortunately the wine did not live up to our low expectations. Yes, it did have a red fruit aroma and taste but those are the best features. The wine has a thin body and totally lacks the soft, silky, rich, velvety texture that a good Merlot should have. The alcohol content is 14.4 percent and I can’t help but wonder if Childress isn’t pandering to those who want more kick to their wine. The finish is fairly long but is that a good thing with a poor wine? At $24.99 I recommend that you NOT buy it. If it was $2.99 I would be OK with it.

    Comments: See also: Our wine tasting at Childress Vineyard on May 21, 2013.

Alcohol: 14.4%

Bar code: 182681000095