This is not your granny’s Merlot. Holy crap. This is to Merlot what Iggy Pop was to the King Family Singers. It was wildly potent, even decanted, a gorgeous red, yes, but just far too assertive, unctiously awaiting praise, as if to say “How great am I?”
We liked it, but this is not a go-to red, not for us, it just is too much bravado and not enough restraint. For others, for the sorts who order 40 ounce rib-eyes to share, this is the wine of your calling.
Price: $20-something US from a shop in Washington. Their Firehouse Red is $30 in BC at the government stores, but the Merlot is not to be found.
Market Liquidity: Like the third Die Hard; for fans, it’s worth it.