Since Sunday is a day of rest, I can think of no better idea for this blog than to showcase a wine that I can always return to, like an old lover, minus the emotional recriminations and weeping platitudes. This will be a weekly feature, so you now know what day to avoid reading the blog! On with this week’s wine.
I discovered Blackstone Merlot in 2009. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Charles Dickens would never have said that about 2009, nor Blackstone Merlot. Blackstone Merlot actually sounds like some English parish, doesn’t it?. If those stuffy chaplains were drinking this wine, there would be hijinks afoot at the Circle K! I don’t recall who indoctrinated me, or if it was myself, to be honest. I just remember it was phenomenal.
Blackberry Merlot has a rich, hearty flavor. There are flavors of berry, cherry, and some clove and oak thrown in for good measure. It packs a punch, but not overpowering. Some wines I’ve had the misfortune of tasting are overly oaky, but that is not the case with Blackstone. It has a deep, flavorful taste and is definitely a great match for steak, pot roast, and beef dishes of any kind. Try it with some chocolate fondue and voila!-match made in heaven. I would NOT recommend it for fish, pasta, etc. I think the robust flavors are brought out more easily with heavier meat dishes than with lighter fare.
I will always go back to Blackstone. D bought me a bottle weeks back and I was reminded of how fabulous it is- I think I had it with an Italian Beef sandwich, and it was perfect. I haven’t tried too many other Blackstone varietals, not to say I won’t investigate further, as I really love the merlot. It always has the added bonus of getting you a little raucous, meaning one glass is usually enough to produce some weird chapters for my book, two glasses guarantee a rousing version of “I’d Do Anything For Love(But I won’t Do That) performed for the elderly neighbors, and a bottle- well, let’s just say it’s a great wine!
Note: Stay away from the 2010 vintage. It does NOT taste of anything but watery vinegar. And take it from me, watery vinegar isn’t delicious.