Currant, plum, and graphite aromas with a hint of green pepper. Pepper and plum midpalate with a drying, spicy finish. Best with food.
I have gotten this wine as inexpensively as $8-$9 at Sam's Club. This is an amazing value for the price! It pairs very well with pasta! Always smooth and inviting.
This wine is a great crowd pleaser, and is an exceptionally balanced experience between smell, taste, tannins, and acidity. I would say this is a strong buy for the price. As everything is so well balanced, there is nothing in particular that stands out to make this wine exceptionally interesting, but it's got all the right components. Sight-wise, the wine is a nice dark cherry red, yet not so dark you can't see through the other end of the glass. Smell-wise, the wine does happen to have a bit of vanilla/oak masking a slight floral essence. In true Gary Vaynerchuk, the smell is also a bit leathery, or rather, has a bit of that latex glove smell. As mentioned earlier, the taste is very well balanced. Thankfully the vanilla-ness barely makes it through. There's just enough tannins and acid to keep the feeling interesting, but not so overpowering to make a wine-newbie turn away in disgust, and the aftertaste is nice and flowery. This wine is a very pleasant experience in general, and can easily be had with food or without. Strong buy!
External Reviews for Ravenswood Merlot Vintners Blend 06 Us-California
Straightforward and fairly lean, with cranberry, cherry and herbal fruit. Drink now.
Soft and smooth with ripe berry flavors, the goal of Ravenswood Vintners Blend, is accessibility both in character and price. Since 1983, Ravenswood's Joel Peterson has been renowned not only as one of California's best winemakers but also as one of its most talented blenders, piecing together superb value-driven wines like this supple California Merlot.