Being cheap and drinkable is the sort of thing that’s tough to ignore. With Mr. Shaw’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, it was a nice indulgence that didn’t mean breaking the bank. Aging in bottle or in wood tends to help a wine mellow a bit, and two-buck-chuck was offering a 2009 Merlot. Generally, Merlot is smoother, softer, and less aggressively tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, so will that make two-buck-chuck even better?
Sight: Dark purple, magenta edges.
Smell: Berries, a bit hot, green pepper, slight amount of dark cherry and black pepper.
Sip: The starting flavor is a bit earthy, and very tannic. The wine grows a bit more acidic and as it goes, picking up cranberry and slight cherry notes again, the fruit feels overripe. The ending note is a bit sharp on swallow. [A.B.V. 12.5%]
Savor: Tannins continue to rampage, with a berry flavor for some time.
Overall, this just isn’t nearly as good as the Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s sadly not a particularly good Merlot either. At the price, it stands alone, but switch to the Cab or pay a few dollars more, it’s worth it.