I love Bonterra wines for the quality you get at that price – and they are organic! Wines from the US can seem relatively more expensive (due to higher costs such as rent and distributors) than their European and Australian counterparts. As such, expect to pay at least £10 and upwards in the UK for anything decent that doesn’t have that mass produced, sweetish (confected) artificial taste.
This entry level Merlot from Bonterra, however, delivers a delicious plum, damson and blueberry hit, but is a little more savoury than what I would expect from a new world Merlot – which is great! It seems more ‘black fruit’ rather than ‘red fruit’ – although the typical pluminess is still there – and is a little more full bodied. The tannins are definitely there but well integrated and make the wine more interesting, as do the herby notes: eucalyptus and a bit of mint. Food wise, I would imagine this Merlot gets on with most pasta or grain dishes as it’s pretty easy going. Don’t bother pairing it with a green salad though, it’s too powerful for that!
Because of its easy drinking nature, Merlot has been maligned for its ubiquity, but as usual, it’s all in the quality and styles can vary. So get tasting!
At a glance
Style? Full bodied red wine
Where is it from? California, US
What’s the grape? Merlot
Tastes of? Plums, damsons, blueberries, herbs
What food would complement it? Pasta with Kale, Mint & Hazelnut Pesto