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Snooth User: dvogler

Marilyn Merlot

Posted by dvogler, Mar 19.

Marilyn Merlot is hardly something I'm interested in (although I love merlot).  I saw someone in Victoria has a collection of 12 bottles they were selling on Craigslist for $200 (including the metal rack).  Only a few of the bottles were empty.  Obviously, it is questionable that they were stored properly and I'd bet not.  But I was wondering if some of that might still be pretty good?  I checked into current pricing and a few of them were more than a few hundred dollars.

Just wondering if I should forget about it?


Reply by gregt, Mar 20.

My rec is to forget it. The people making the wine licensed the name. The wine was never better than OK. Twelve bottles for $200 is less than $20 a bottle, but I think you can get much better wine at the $15 - $20 range. Buy something like Marques de Riscal Reserva or even a good Cotes du Rhone or Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Reply by dvogler, Mar 20.

Thanks Greg.  I received similar advice from my wine buddy here.  I was just curious because Cellar Tracker had a couple of good reviews on some of them.

But, I'm sure they weren't stored well.

Reply by gregt, Mar 20.

I'm not knocking CT but the reviews there don't really mean anything, any more than reviews on a site like Yelp do. It's a random bunch of people who may or may not know what they're talking about and who may or may not have palates that agree with yours. I completely discount crowd-sourced reviews.

I was looking for a restaurant the other day and came across a Yelp review for some other place. The writers went on and on about how awesome it was and how they'd be back etc., etc. So against my better judgment, I checked it out.

Curses, foiled again!

The average Yelp reviewer will eat Dunkin Donuts, Oreos, MacDonald's and Pringles and will have opinions on things like Diet Coke. In other words, zero taste or discernment. So what use is a review from someone like that unless they're simply stating facts, like the parking lot is small and the walls are pink.

Just my 2 cts.

Reply by EMark, Mar 20.

As a, pretty much, inviolable rule of thumb, I will not buy any wine that has a cute name.  I am willing to miss out on something that might be good in exchange for not having to drink junk that is trying to attract my attention with marketing that has nothing to do with the contents.  So, there are a whole list of Zinfandels that I'll never have--Cardinal Zin, Seven Deadly Zins, et. al.

Reply by dvogler, Mar 20.

I completely agree with you both.  I too, although far less experienced than either of you, steer clear of novelty stuff.  I don't know anything about MM, and not that I thought Cellar Tracker was Gospel...several of the MM had mediocre ratings, but a few had numerous raves.  I'll stick to the stuff I know to be good.

But thanks...this is precisely why I asked for some input!

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