OAK LEAF VINEYARDS MERLOT - NV
This is the first of two wines that I'm tasting from California producer Oak Leaf Vineyards. The Merlot won a Silver Medal at the Hilton Head Wine Fest. What is so exciting about Oak Leaf wines? The price!
Move over TWO BUCK CHUCK!!! There's a producer in town. The suggested retail price is $1.97 in California and $2.97 in most other states. Available at Wal-Mart stores that carry wine.
13% alcohol and made from California grapes. Produced in Ripon, CA.
Transparent ruby color with a musty nose of grape juice and old oak wine barrels. Light-bodied with a thin watery edge. Incredibly smooth but not much taste. Faint flavors of black currant and dark fruit.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
Even priced under 2 bucks, it is pretty hard to recommend this wine. There just isn't any flavor here. It is bland but not unpleasant. It is like drinking a watered down Gamay or thinned grape juice with alcohol. The one upside is that it is very smooth.