Saturday, July 03, 2010
Barefoot Wine Tasting - Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
I'm pretty sure I've never tasted anything made by "Barefoot" even though I've seen huge stacks of the stuff blocking the way of my grocery cart when I'm doing my weekly food shopping. The wines are non-vintage and I think they are blended a bit, but the label doesn't divulge that precious information!
Ok, lets start with the Merlot......
On the nose I get aromas of sweet mixed berry, boysenberry syrup, and perhaps a hint of bark and dark chocolate. The bouquet reminds me a lot of cheap Aussie fruit-bomb type wines....Kind of like Yellow Tail Shiraz!
On the palate the wine shows some nice fruity berry notes and a touch of wood/bark. It also has a pretty insipid metallic note that is common with many inexpensive reds. The finish is dis-jointed with a bit of intruding alcohol.
All in all I'd say the Merlot is a hell of a lot better than I imagined it would be. No, it's not a good wine, but I imagine that with a big plate of spaghetti and a few glasses it would go down easy enough. 75 points
Now for the Cabernet Sauvignon......
On the nose I get a hodge-podge mixture of dark-berry aromas and hints of herb and spice. This also has the hi-c type effect that many Aussie wines display regularly.
On the palate the wine is surprisingly more round and textured than the Merlot and even shows a touch of varietal character. Wow, not bad! Flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate seem to be wrapped around a nice big stave of oak.....The wine finishes with a slight herbal note and a touch of tannin.
To be completely honest, I have had much worse wines than the Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, it's by no means "fine wine" but it could definitely be a useful enough table wine and well within the budget. 80 points
Click here to find out more about these wines