Anyone who snubs Merlot because of the movie Sideways is seriously missing out! Some of the Merlots I have tried are as complex as a Cabernet. I’m definitely a fan of Washington wines, and Merlot from Washington is almost always good.
I tried the Code Noir at a tasting at California Wine Merchants in downtown Manhattan (http://cawinemerchants.com/) – great shop with a friendly, wine savvy staff!
This wine smells like a forest! It also reminded me of being a barrel room at a winery, which I love of course I also got dark berries and chocolate on the nose. Amazing sweet oaky bite on the finish. Definitely a campfire wine. I wonder how it would pair with S’mores?
$16.99/bottle @ http://cawinemerchants.com/