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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Barefoot Wine Tasting - Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok, so I know that these wines are considered to be what love to refer to as "swill" but I thought I would give them a go. I've held down a part-time job at a local hotel for a few years, and I work a weekend here and there for the extra spending money and the great room-rate benefits. It just so happens that these two beauties are the wines they serve during their happy hour.

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


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Karen McCamp said...

Barefoot happens to be my least favorite wine. One of the restaurants my husband and I frequent, (a sports bar) serves only Barefoot wine. I typically drink Cabernets, but do not like this
cab at all. I can tolerate the Merlot much better, but would drink something else if they offered it.

Thomas said...

I know it's hardly serviceable, but I thought I would review it for fun!

Anonymous said...

Not bad for the price. I buy the 1.5Ls and put them in a decanter for table wine.

 
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