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Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot California NV

Member Review by Beaconheath:

This is meant to be an affordable, widely available, pleasant everyday table wine, and that it is. Judged on that basis it's a specimen of the level to which the science of oenology has lifted industrial wine production in California. I sampled the 750ml bottle NV, at about 65°F after 20 minutes breathing in the glass. Color: Translucent ruby. Nose: Fragrant with plenty of bright red berry, light oak (which recedes with exposure to air). Body: Light to medium. Palate: Refreshing tartness and limited depth, palpable tannins. Finish: Medium. Doesn't address a connoisseur's penchant for individuality, complexity, mystery, or concentration, but will wear well over time and the acidity should mesh nicely with a broad spectrum of possible menus. Taken on it own terms it succeeds in delivering outstanding value (solid if modest quality at a rock-bottom price point).

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Oak Leaf Vineyard:
Oak Leaf Vineyards is an under $5 range of wines produced in Ripon, California. These wines, an offshoot of Gallo brands, gained popularity for their value when sold at Walmart stores and have had continued success at other large supermarkets such as Safeway. They also won “Double Gold” at the 2011 Florida State Wine Fair Competition as well as medals at the 2011 San Francisco Chr... Read more
Oak Leaf Vineyards is an under $5 range of wines produced in Ripon, California. These wines, an offshoot of Gallo brands, gained popularity for their value when sold at Walmart stores and have had continued success at other large supermarkets such as Safeway. They also won “Double Gold” at the 2011 Florida State Wine Fair Competition as well as medals at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In addition to the usual single varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Cabernet, they are also available in blends such as Sweet Red and Sweet White.  Read less

Member Reviews for Oak Leaf Vineyards Merlot California

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Snooth User: Beaconheath
58237193
3.00 5
02/15/2012

This is meant to be an affordable, widely available, pleasant everyday table wine, and that it is. Judged on that basis it's a specimen of the level to which the science of oenology has lifted industrial wine production in California. I sampled the 750ml bottle NV, at about 65°F after 20 minutes breathing in the glass. Color: Translucent ruby. Nose: Fragrant with plenty of bright red berry, light oak (which recedes with exposure to air). Body: Light to medium. Palate: Refreshing tartness and limited depth, palpable tannins. Finish: Medium. Doesn't address a connoisseur's penchant for individuality, complexity, mystery, or concentration, but will wear well over time and the acidity should mesh nicely with a broad spectrum of possible menus. Taken on it own terms it succeeds in delivering outstanding value (solid if modest quality at a rock-bottom price point).


Snooth User: dkmrd5
92494704
2.50 5
02/07/2009

Not great, not bad---especially at $4 a bottle. It has nice fruit on the nose and then it was smoothly dry with a little wood on the palate. Easy to drink. I would drink this again as an everyday wine.


Snooth User: Mukuyu
12279592
3.50 5
01/24/2009

For $3 at Walmart, this is a good deal. An off-dry wine that is smooth going down. I liken it to Charles Shaw from Trader Joe's...in fact, right now as I'm drinking it, I think it's better! It doesn't taste cheap at all.


Snooth User: sprinxmoonstar
111967652
2.00 5
07/15/2012

For its price I think it was decent, it is a little bit too dry for my taste but all the same it was pretty okay. I don't think I'd get it again though


Snooth User: cgmees
2864547
2.00 5
03/03/2009

Nose seems to have whiffs of cherry, plum and oak. First taste comes across as thin, bland with hint of oak, dirt and possibly some cork (artificial cork used in bottle). Short lingering taste without any real longevity to the taste. Overtone of alcohol lingers. Not what I would normally drink, could possibly be used in cooking or marinating.


Snooth User: pmc123
9130722
0.50 5
10/07/2008

Got this at walmart for $3.99. Undrinkable. Just terrible. Tastes like it was fortified with antifreeze. I couldn't take more than 2 sips. dumped it.


Snooth User: stcjones
63638019
5.00 5
03/27/2012

This is an exceptional wine for the value or not. I have had MUCH worse expensive wines than this Oak Leaf Merlot. This has a light cherry and raspberry nose which continues in the tasting as well. Slightly watery but VERY drinkable as an everyday wine! Enjoy!


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<p>Oak Leaf Vineyards selects grapes from the finest vineyards across California to marry the unique microclimates throughout the growing regions.This full-bodied Merlot has a captivating nose of black currant and ripe plum, complemented by a long, toasty oak finish.</p>


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