I reviewed the Barefoot Cabernet a few months back. It’s time for me to give the Barefoot Merlot its due. I like the Barefoot line of wine, it’s quite affordable and the taste isn’t a musty, fumigated stink-infested foot insole. That would apply to some moderately priced wine (all of the Aldi wines that aren’t Winking Owl, for example.). They are easily located and carried just about everywhere, from your Safeway to your corner drugstore Walgreen’s.
After letting the merlot breathe for about 45 minutes, you’re greeted with a moderate bouquet- not too much, not quite enough. It doesn’t affect the wine, however, once you get drinking. Flavor is adequate but not overwhelming, basically what you would expect from an everyday wine. Taste is quickly established; flavors of cherry, boysenberry, plum, and chocolate meld together in a ripe and flavorful wine. Overall impression is great flavor and not a long finish. Smooth and flavorful, but not too much fruit. There is a somewhat sweet, tart flavor but it’s well worth it.
I think this merlot is best with burgers and grilled BBQ chicken. It would also work well with flourless chocolate cake or chocolate fondue; it’s the perfect mixture of fruit and balance without being so fruity that it kills the taste of anything you’re having with it. This wine normally retails between $4.99-$6.99. Great simple value; easily locatable; and not sucking in flavor.