STONE CELLARS MERLOT - 2004
Stone Cellars wines by Beringer are made from California grapes and intended to be fruit-forward wines. Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. On the mass-market level, Beringer is best known for its wildy popular White Zinfandel but collectors are probably more familiar with its high end Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Creamy nose with nice plum/blackberry flavors. Strong creamy vanilla oak on the mid-palate with a soft mouthfeel and smooth finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is what I love about wine. This bottle retails for around $6 or $7 and you'd never know it. It is an amazing bargain. It doesn't have tremendous fruit or complexity, but it is well-made with no harsh tannins or out of balance alcohol flavors. Don't expect Swanson Merlot kind of quality, but really impressive for this price point. I like this wine for its QPR (Quality Price Ratio).