This wine is a blend of Merlot and malbec grapes. The aroma of vanilla and raspberries are the first things you notice about the wine as you swirl it in the glass. As for the taste this blended Merlot starts with fresh berries, raspberries and strawberries. Those lead into a finish of coco crossing the pallet. Serve this wine with a firm veggie burger, like a black bean burger, or pair it with grilled tuna, roasted lamb. This Merlot will also complement aged Jack cheese very nicely before a meal. Middle Sisters Merlot brings back visions of the hippest parts of the 70’s and that cool vibe with the slightly funky and fun Merlot blend.
Gnarly Head Authentic Red is a blended red wine with zinfandel, Syrah and merlot grapes and a simple splash of malbec. The main thrust of this blended wine is black cherry with raspberry playing a major supporting role. These bold flavors are backed up by layers of spices like vanilla and sage. This is a bold red that will go well with ribs, pulled pork BBQ or a hearty burger.
The 2012 vintage produced a plentiful harvest of simply the best quality. This has led to a blend that is well balanced and a finely structured red wine. Gnarly Head Authentic Red presents bright acid and good tannic structure.
The technical stuff
Gnarly Head Authentic Red is from the Lodi California Area
13.5% Alcohol by volume
Acid is .61g per 100ml
This Merlot is just OK. There is really no aroma to the wine other than the smell of wine. The Merlot has a balanced taste that is neither sweet nor dry. I got this bottle as an arrival gift for checking in to a hotel, so for free it isn’t bad. This is a Beringer Wine product and sells for about $8.00 a bottle. It would be good for a pre-dinner drink for yourself or but I would not serve it to guest. Do not get me wrong, it taste OK, but this Merlot does not present well in a glass. Since Stone Cellars is not listed on the Beringer web site I suspect this brand is produced for hotels and restaurants for use as a “house brand” wine.
Hints of oak and cherry are the highlights of this dry Merlot. While some have tasted other berries such as boysenberry, I mainly got Cherry and oak flavors. This wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a ripe black cherry with some integrated oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a bit sticky. This is a good everyday Merlot. I see this as a sipping wine complementing a dinner of Chicken or a good beef stew. My research says this is a blend that is 95% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah, & 1% Syrah. Al of the grapes are from California.