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Grand Cru Merlot 2011


Recommendation: Not recommended

Winery/Producer: Grand Cru Vineyards; Napa and Sonoma, California

Grape Variety: Merlot

Geographic Origin: California

Vintage: 2011

Price: $6.99

Purchased From: Wine Merchants Gourmet; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Pared With: 1st Pairing-Skillet dinner of chicken, green pepper, potato, onion and cabbage with soy sauce; 2nd Pairing-Barbecue chicken, oven fried parmesan potatoes and lemon flavored slaw.

Tasting:

    He said: 1st Pairing: Medium red color. Very light ripe berry bouquet. Dry fruit taste and a long earthy finish that has hints of harshness. It’s okay at the $6.99 but at this price there are a lot of Merlot’s to choose from and this one doesn’t stand out. 2nd Pairing: The wine held up with the dinner, but was disappointing when drank alone.

    She said: 1st Pairing: Medium red color. Very light pleasant bouquet followed by a tasty full bodied flavor with good texture. Fairly dry with firm tannins in the finish. A good wine at this price but there are many similar ones in the same price range. 2nd Pairing: Flavor turned into a metallic tasting finish. The wine was better with the dinner than after.

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