By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2011 | Send Email
The simple fact that we are emailing this wine to a large cross-section of our customers should speak volumes about what we think of it. Although there have been plenty of interesting, delicious and affordable Merlots that I've tasted over the last year, few, if any, have had all of those qualities at the same time. Freemark Abbey has been on quite a roll lately, pumping out vintage after vintage, varietal after varietal, of nothing but well priced, tasty wines. This Merlot is brimming with slick black fruits like plum, cassis and boysenberry, but there is also a depth of complexity and structure that is rarely seen in the domestic Merlots of today. Long and perfectly ripe, the traits of this wine are the reasons Merlot became so popular in the first place: ample fruit, round, lush texture, and just enough tannin to keep everything composed and together. If you haven't tried Merlot in a while, you should get back on the horse with this one.