Storyteller Once Upon a Dream Sonoma County Merlot 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A very light and mellow Merlot.

Producer/Winery: (Vinted and bottled by): Winepress Vintners;
Sonoma and Graton, California.

Grape Variety: Merlot.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Sonoma County; North Coast, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Thai chicken with peanut sauce.


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    Opened 30-minutes before drinking. Clear, inky dark ruby color. Almost nonexistent aroma with possibly a hint of cherry. Smooth, supple and watery mouthfeel, a tad off dry, light body and a 150-grit texture. Abundant tart cherry, and juicy raspberry flavors, light, slightly flabby acidity, soft tannins that have a just a tiny grip in the medium-length fruity finish. We were immediately struck by the lightness and how non-typical a Merlot this was. It didn’t pair well with the strong peanut flavor of the chicken, but probably would had been fine with a light goat cheese. With all the said it was so unusual (more like an inexpensive Pinot Noir than Merlot) and easy drinking it could have merit as an inexpensive patio sipper when you run out of Rose. We called it a very light and mellow Merlot.

Merlot grapes in the vineyard
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Alcohol Content: 14.1%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 8 39728 00666 3

Imported by: Not applicable.