EP 803 Another Merlot Blind Tasting

Gary revisits Merlot in this blind tasting of wines around the world, with some interesting results.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Chateau La BienfaisanceSt Emilion
2007 Bellanotte MerlotFriuli Venzia-Giulia IGT
Segal’s Fusion RedIsraeli Kosher Wine
2007 Osso Anna MerlotNapa Merlot

Links mentioned in todays episode.


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luca bercelli

90/100

line of the day – ‘this is like your old five and dime; candy smells and you love it’

Really good info, especially regarding smooth wines being overscored. Love the blinds, love the beard

Tags: Blind Tasting, merlot, red, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • JimboJones86

    Lol cellarrat, I completely agree

  • boughtrecords

    qotd: after goofing on washington state merlots for an afternoon with a friend of mine he waited a few weeks and invited me over. Upon arriving I see an open bottle of Northstar Merlot which is a washington merlot. He says you aren't going to believe tihs one, I've been letting it breathe. He poured 2 glasses and he was right I was amazed at how great it was. I found out later that my non belief had some validity because another friend told me that he poured another wine into that bottle that was 4 times the price of the bottle that he poured it into. I still have no idea where it was from or the actual price but it was a Merlot and it was TASTY!

  • Yannio

    Best Merlot is a 2004 St. Supery out of Sonoma.

  • PennCaroline

    I really enjoyed the “pretty girls” anaology. So true on both fronts.

    It's too bad that people base their wine-drinking trends on Hollywood B movies. Tasting for yourself is the only way to go.

    QOTD: I agree with whoever said Northstar Merlot from Washington State. Slightly pricey, but more elegant for $30 than a lot of those Napa oak bombs for $50.

  • Ben

    Still love the show sorry i have been mia… favorite merlot is Souverain very good wine…

  • dfarley

    I recently had the Emmolo Merlot from Napa, which I thought was pretty nice. Love the blind shows…

  • mukl

    QOTD New Washington winery called Grand Reve. Their collaboration #4 is shaping up amazing. Tasted it 7 months ago and no one was home. Tasted it 2 months ago and it blew me away. Stevens Winery Merlot at 31.00 consistently outshines more expensive merlots.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! : )

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  • John Santamaria

    Blind Tastings are my favorite, Gary. Looking forward to more shows like this in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    Its all good Mott. Hope you get better soon!

  • Robert

    Gary, totally understand your aversion to OAK. I'm curious why you and your dad liked
    Caymu Cab so much? Isn't that a wine that has a very pungent oak profile?

  • Andy

    QOTD: 2006 Kirkland Signature Merlot, Columbia Valley, Costco, $9 — thoroughly enjoyable and a great price.

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  • lewharrelson

    Gary, being a fraud is one thing. But you have got to be the most arrogant fraud in the wine business.

  • Stephen

    To lewharrelson:
    How about explaining your accusation and providing proof.

  • http://www.garyvaynerchuk.com garyvaynerchuk

    Why do u think so Lew?

  • pdemaio

    got go with Grand Reve IV. Tremendous free run WA merlot. Merlot used to be my favorite wine, but after sideways, it seems like a lot of wineries have stopped putting the same level of care and quality into it. There best Merlots are going into blends…

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    I definitely need to try the gewurztraminer – sounds epic.

  • http://twitter.com/toddwagner Todd Wagner

    I love your blind tastings. I'm trying to watch all of them.

    QOTD: I haven't had that many Merlots. I'm terrible at remembering what wines I've tried, liked etc. I got myself a little notebook and I'm gonna try to be more active on Cork'd for this reason. That's not a bad deal for the Italian Merlot, so maybe I'll start there.

  • Mike in C-town

    Been avoiding Merlot, so many other things to try. I've had too much oaky merlot in the past.
    That said, I plan to do a blind varietal tasting soon and would want to put a decent QPR merlot in there. Thoughts?

  • brianjorgensen

    Favorite Merlot: Rijk's 2001, South Africa

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    Gary revisits Merlot in this blind tasting of wines around the world, with some interesting results.

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  • luca bercelli

    90/100

    line of the day – ‘this is like your old five and dime; candy smells and you love it’

    Really good info, especially regarding smooth wines being overscored. Love the blinds, love the beard

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