Inconnu Merlot Carneros 2017Regular price $47.00 Save $-47.00
I hate that we are still talking about the “Sideways Effect” when discussing Merlot. How can a movie that was bad destroy the reputation of one of the greatest grapes on this planet? I can’t even tell you how many times people have rejected Merlot table side when I worked in restaurants, only to ask for a bottle of Bordeaux seconds later. Insanity.
Laura Brennan’s Carneros Merlot is a real show stopper. Fantastic earth to fruit balance, with refreshing acidity that lifts the dense, dark fruit profile to profound heights. This is exactly what Merlot should be: equal parts intense and ethereal, black and blue fruited, a touch of earth and polished tannins. A welcome addition to any table, and a compelling reason to throw out your copy of Sideways.
[Kirk Sutherland, November 2021]