With Halloween peaking around the corner, spookiness and hauntings are lurking in the alleys of our nights. Candy and treats are flowing like wine and children and adults alike are enjoying the one night out of the year we can truly be someone else. October is notorious for its festive fall attire, eerie nights and tricks and treats; but October is also the month of Merlot. #MerlotMe This halloween beware of something far more sinister lurking in the shadows……Merlot.
Before you lose your appetite and run for the hills at the mere mention of a Merlot; lets take a moment to revisit the history of this once appreciated wine variety. In the late 1990’s, Merlot was praised as a smooth, delicate red wine; a pallet pleaser with a nice finish. Known as a less offensive red variety, Merlot was a perfect introduction wine into drinking reds. This all changed in 2004, when Hollywood was able to shape the minds of the novice wine drinker with a movie titled, “Sideways”! The famous line, “If anyone orders Merlot, Im leaving.” was a true kick in the pants for Merlot vineyards. This one liner coupled with the production of sub-par Merlots out of regions that shouldn’t have been producing this wine was the demise of the Merlot. Consumers took this classic line so literally that decades later Merlot makers are still suffering with the bad reputation of this wine.
However, all is not lost for Merlot. Wine connoisseurs and the educated wine drinkers have realized that when produced in the right regions, mainly France, California and Washington state, Merlot can be a wonderful experience. These regions are putting out full bodied reds, with low tannins and acidity that deliver delicious flavors of cherries, blueberries, and plums. Do yourself a favor and snub out a decade old reputation and drink your way into 2015. Give Merlot another chance, it is far less scary than this years halloween party.
Ferrari Carano 2012 - Sonoma
Wine spectator rates this wine an 86. The Ferrari Carano Merlot boasts strong flavors of dark and mysterious fruits. Blackberry, blueberry and hints of boysenberry dominate this Merlot. As you dive deeper into this red you will pick up hints of licorice, leather, and tea leaves. A powerful punch with a smooth finish this wine is a nicely put together Merlot.