Monthly Archives: August 2016

Beringer Founder’s Estate Merlot (4 out of 5)


D got me a bottle of this awhile ago. A month? It was right after Duran Duran, and that concert was the first time I had indulged in a lot of wine in a long time. The month since? Has been a fucking nightmare. I am long overdue for a few drinks. I decided Tuesday I was going to have a glass. One turned into two. This is some quality grape juice here, my friends. I encourage you to give it a whirl. Or a swirl and swish. With some pungent cheese. Or a pungent cheese pizza. Whatever you choose! 

This is a 2013 vintage. Merlot is my original wine mistress, and a defining characteristic is their full-bodiedness. This one has that in droves! It knocked it out of the park on the first sip. 13.8% on the volume. No wonder! It is a dry Merlot and a slightly peppery taste on the tip if the tongue. Or some sort of toasted spice, which I cannot quite identify. It blends in seamlessly with the natural flavors of blackberry and plum that are present in this Merlot.Beringer knows how to put out a quality wine. The Beringer Brothers-Frederick and Jacob- founded their vineyards in Napa Valley in 1876. They still have bragging rights as the longest operators in Napa Valley, and their wines continually show their dedication to the craft. I highly recommend this to go along with steak. Its heady scent and flavor would lend itself to a happy partnership with a Porterhouse. I would tell you that if you enjoy a spicy, dry Merlot, this is a great place to start.