Purple Moon Winery Merlot California 2009

Member Review by jamessulis:

OK, at $3.99 a bottle, I was at first recluctant to review until just now as I popped the cork. Here goes -- The color is very dark showing some purple highlights (Hence the name?) The aroma was definitely a strong fruit bomb. Taste, fruity, a tad tart and Oakey with medium tannins (I love tannins) a tiny bit flat upon entry but immediately replaced with a smokey cigarette ash residual. The finish is short but the smokey and tannin linger a bit. I understand it's only being sold at Trader Joe's, but there's one near me and at $4 bucks a pop...........it's a great wine for an afternoon buzz.

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Member Reviews for Purple Moon Winery Merlot California

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Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,500
3.00 5
11/22/2010

OK, at $3.99 a bottle, I was at first recluctant to review until just now as I popped the cork. Here goes -- The color is very dark showing some purple highlights (Hence the name?) The aroma was definitely a strong fruit bomb. Taste, fruity, a tad tart and Oakey with medium tannins (I love tannins) a tiny bit flat upon entry but immediately replaced with a smokey cigarette ash residual. The finish is short but the smokey and tannin linger a bit. I understand it's only being sold at Trader Joe's, but there's one near me and at $4 bucks a pop...........it's a great wine for an afternoon buzz.


Snooth User: demsoc
721810142
3.00 5
01/30/2012

Overall, you could do a lot worse than $4 for this. Value-wise it really does deliver. I like the higher tannin and acidity level than one would expect for a CA merlot (especially one that costs $4). Fruit, oak, some spice, and a longer finish than $4 wines usually produce.


Snooth User: hautdesert
73534126
2.50 5
01/18/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Kelleyleigh
53413230
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/21/2010

This bottle was a gift so I did a completely blind tasting. Initially the wine smelled jammy. I could smell blueberry, plum and a hint of cassis. I feared the wine would be overcome with tannins, but it was wasn't. The top notes matched it's scent. I could definitly taste the blueberry, plum, and perhaps some blackberry. It was rather smooth with a hint of a smokey finish. Overall, after learning that this was a $4.00 wine from Trader Joe's, I have to say that I would go out and purchase it again.


Snooth User: Cincygirl
4598575
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/20/2010

At 3.99 (Trader Joe's), I wasn't expecting much. Decided it would pair nicely with the frozen tortellini and canned sauce I cooked for dinner after work, and working out. Plastic cork. Good idea. At first sniff, it was all blackberries, definitely fruity. Good legs, next surprise. Smooth on the tongue and no harsh tannins, definitely drinkable and not objectionable in the least. My vote: perfect as a cheap table wine with pasta, no risk at the price.


Snooth User: Ibn Shisha
245545243
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/10/2009

Actually a blend, 77% Merlot, with Petite Syrah, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Deep garnet color, plums and berries on the nose. Cassis and cherries give way to slightly oaky finish.


Snooth User: psimac
42468143
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/16/2008

Very floral with heavy blueberry taste--fruity aftertaste. Nice wine.


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