Sun., 2/18, Little Rock & North Little Rock, AR
Right off the bat let me tell you that I am not the biggest fan of Merlot from any vineyard so I want to say I do have a bias in reviewing them. I approached this bottle, however, with an open mind so that my bias towards the grape would not affect my review. This one was filled with dark fruits as the color in my glass was typical of what I expect out of a rich, full-bodied, Cabernet Sauvignon. The Blackstone Merlot, from Sonoma County, had an intense flavor, almost too intense, of cherries and spices with a heavy mouth feel and it was almost too sweet for my liking. Nice firm tannins with a little oak thrown in for good measure balanced the sweetness somewhat but not all the way. I'd like to add that I had this one by itself and not with any type of food so it may be better when accompanying a nice beef filet or braised lamb shank. I gave this one 3 corkscrews as I paid $5.99/bottle and it had what I would say is good taste and value at that price point. That being said, I wouldn't pay any more than that! One positive I did discover when reviewing this wine is the Blackstone Winery website . Check it out if you get a chance as it is very well done and interesting to visit.
#1 and I had a chance to catch up on 2 Desperate Housewives episodes we had Tivo'd, as well as one The Office as the in-laws graciously agreed to have the kids over to spend the night hence our short trip to North Little Rock, or "Dogtown" as it used to be called. Supposedly the story is that people who lived in Little Rock would cross the river into North Little Rock to let out any dogs they didn't want, hence the name. Just a little Arkansas trivia for you! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!