And what better way to celebrate the return of Wine Wednesday than with a bottle of 74 CENT wine! Yes, you read that correctly. A while back, I hit the Target clearance aisle jackpot and managed to score two bottles of Sterling‘s Merlot, which normally retails for $12, for only 74 cents each! You can’t beat that deal, folks.
For that kind of deal I would have picked up whatever it was and just used it for cooking wine if nothing else, but we’ve had the Sterling wines before and they’re perfectly decent table wines that can accompany your dinner. This bottle was a 2009 Vintner’s Collection from California and was quite pleasant.
- color- dark red, light purple
- scent- berries, woody, acidic
- taste- woody, grassy, dark fruit (plum) aftertaste
The professionals: “Our 2008 Merlot combines the classic offerings of this varietal in a smooth, complex, fruit-intensive style. Bright aromas of black cherry and plum hold through the senses as they join ripe, chewy tannins on the palate. The fruit is complemented by ample caramel, mocha and toasty oak from extensive aging in new American oak barrels. With layered depths and silky body, this versatile wine is appropriate for many occasions, as a stand-alone sipper or paired with a variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, pasta or pork.”– from the winemakers themselves