Archive for the ‘Merlot’ Category

Cellar Treasure: 2000 Château Saint-Saturnin Médoc

Monday, January 18th, 2021 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot | No Comments »

21 years old… old enough to drink itself. I bought six bottles of this wine in 2017 from my favorite online crack dealer. I’ve consumed one bottle a year since. They have never failed to please. I paid LESS than ...

Cellar Treasure: 1978 Château Montrose

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cellar Treasures, Expensive, France, Merlot, On Somebody Else's Tab, Petite Verdot | No Comments »

1978 Château Montrose The purpose of this website has always been to unearth great bargains. It started on the bottom shelf of my local grocery store's wine section, and the wine lists of a few small town restaurants. It has evolved, ...

Bougie Wougie baby! Or not, as the case may be…

Friday, May 1st, 2020 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

About four years ago, my crack dealer... er Wine Merchant, emailed me with an offer for an aged Bordeaux nearing thirty years, but re-corked recently. Having had more than my share of cork-struggles with aged French & Spanish wines I ...

Missing the Merlot Mark: J. Bookwalter 2015 “Readers Blend” Merlot.

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Washington State | No Comments »

Bought this Merlot for $19.98, as you can see. It is a mostly Merlot blend, with 90% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. I've enjoyed a lot of great Bordeaux blends in my lifetime, including some amazing Grand Cru's, and some ...

The Un-Bordeaux Bordeaux: Bouscat Caduce Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Malbec, Merlot | No Comments »

I bought this wine in 2017 for less than ten bucks a bottle. $9.98/bottle in fact. For some reason I haven't touched any of my six bottles, until today. Note to self, save the other five bottles for a sunny summer ...

Aged Bordeaux Bargain! Chateau Thieuley 2001 Reserve

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

Intelligence is more than a capability you're born with, it also accumulates with experience, which is how the word is used in military and governmental parlance. One "gathers intelligence" about a subject through inquiry and study. Rather than applying all ...

Best Value Red of 2016/17: CH Lot 575, 2014 Red Blend, Red Mountain, Washington State

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington State | No Comments »

Only in America will you find a winemaker who will mix a Rhone varietal into a classic Bordeaux blend. "America, Fuck Yeah!" This wine appeared in my autumn shipment mixed case from Cameron Hughes, and it was a revelation. After I ...

Lowball Bordeaux Grand Cru: 2004 Chateau Lusseau Saint-Emilion

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

Like most folks, my buying habits have changed over the past decade. I can't recall the last time I bought a bottle of wine in a store. I do most of my buying online these days. Most of my household ...

Snowed in with a (not yet so) Super Tuscan

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Italy, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Sangiovese | No Comments »

I live in the mountains. I can't imagine living anywhere else to be honest. Beaches are not my thing. Neither are cities (though I visit them often and see their charm, especially when it comes to finding good eats.) One ...

Cellar Treasure: Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Crest 2003 Red

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Petite Verdot, Washington State | No Comments »

This bottle has been laying about my family's cellars for well over a decade. First in my father's basement, and eventually mine, as my folks sold the family home earlier this year and the goods were distributed among the kids ...