Very smooth and plain. Slight pear taste. A non-descript finish that fades into nothingness. Not much here to enjoy.
At $18-20 this wine is a major pass. Medium/Low bodied wine with very light tannins. OK fruit and vanilla with an interesting earthiness, but I feel like this wine can be easily beat out by an $8-10 Merlot from, say, Argentina.
External Reviews for Beaulieu Vineyard Merlot
Wine Tasting NotesHarvest season manifests itself clearly in this wine, revealing black cherry and the distinctive cocoa-mineral aromas typical of Merlot. Fruit from southern Napa and cool Carneros was judiciously blended with Merlot from our warmer Rutherford and St. Helena vineyards, giving strong dark berry flavor and soft tannins; a subtle truffle-mineral flavor adds to its allure. This wine has lovely dark ruby color.