Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Redwood Creek Merlot 2003 (PB)

This northern California wine, and I use the term very loosely, is a fine example of why many people have no appreciation nor taste for red wine. This production under the Frei Bros. name is owned by Gallo, the largest producer of wine in the world and would be a better example of cleaning solvent than wine. It has a bouquet–if I can even use that term to apply to the smell of isopropyl alcohol with a subtle hint of grape underneath. There is a tinge of green aroma that carries through to the palate where alcohol is again the primary flavor. A mere hint of grape ever comes through and this is not a “corked” wine. This is a super mass produced wine with little concern for the consumer. At $7.00 it is overpriced by about $6. Now you may be thinking, “Well, you get what you pay for.” That is often true when it comes to wine but for $7, you can find many drinkable wines that actually remind you of wine and the specific type of grape used in the wine. This is a wine that should be left on the shelf. Raise a glass of some real wine and put this one behind you–forever.

7 Comments:

At 2:18 PM permalink, Blogger Steve Austin said...

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At 11:19 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any Merlots in the $5-7 that you do like?

 
At 7:59 PM permalink, Blogger Jenny said...

i wished i read this review before i purchased redwood creek merlot 2003. yikes.

 
At 9:02 PM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on......some people like chicken, some oysters, some...nothing but lettuce. No one on this planet can say that anyone will like or dislike any wine. All of our tastes are different, like us.

 
At 11:45 PM permalink, Blogger consumer said...

anonymous,

I'm with you.. that was a rant on a wine that priced appropriately. For the most part you get what you pay for.. we all have personal tastes.

 
At 4:19 AM permalink, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never tried the 2003 vintage but drink the 2005 to 2007 regularly and enjoy it as much as others in the less-than-$20 category. In my opinion it's an excellent choice for pasta and steak night or any other time.

 
At 2:55 PM permalink, Blogger PB said...

As I have written in the past, preferences do differ however, a bad wine is a bad wine objectively speaking. That doesn't mean that someone might not like the "bad wine." But there are still objectives qualities that make a wine "good" or bad. So please don't take it personally when someone happens to dis your favorite wine. YOU like what YOU like and that is the bottom line! So raise a glass, even it's plonk. :)

 

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